Five For Friday: Toto (Yacht Rock)

Toto is roughly halfway through their 43rd trip around the sun, and while the band is currently on hiatus they’ve built a legacy of fourteen studio albums, a half dozen Grammys, and a Crystal Globe award for sales in excess of five million units outside the United States. Their website has their history and other fan information, including links to their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channel.

  1. “Hold The Line”: Their first hit, from their eponymous 1978 debut album. It reached #5 in the US and Canada and earned a Platinum record for sales of 1 million in the US.
  2. “99”: Weritten as a tribute to George Luvcas’s film THX 1189, from their 1979 album Hydra. Only reached #26 in the US and #17 in Canada, but a personal favorite.
  3. “Rosanna”: From their 1982 album Toto IV, this reached #2 on the Hot 100, #4 in Canada, and #3 in The Netherlands and Switzerland. Cynthia Rhodes is the woman in the red dress, ostensibly playing Rosanna. David Paich, who wrote the song, said that Rosanna was based on several women he knew, despite rumors that it was about Rosanna Arquette, who was dating Steve Porcaro at the time.
  4. “Africa”: Possibly their biggest hit and their only #1 on the Hot 100, this was also from Toto IV.
  5. “I’ll Be Over You”: From 1986’s Fahrenheit, this reached #11 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Toto, your Five For Friday, July 24, 2020.

23 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Toto (Yacht Rock)

  1. One of all our time faves! My husband feels a special connection to Steve Lukather because we were sitting pretty close to the stage the last time we saw them and Steve gave him a nod of acknowledgement. I bought a signed edition of his book, “The Gospel According to Luke” for him for Christmas. Looking forward to reading it too. Have a great Friday!

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  2. I remember this one well…they had a few hits through the early eighties. I got to see the guitar player when I saw Ringo and his All Stars…. oh Steve Lukather…great player.

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    1. He shows up in a lot of places. He and Lee Ritenour did at least one album together, and I think he was on a couple of Steely Dan albums.

      I was a bit surprised when they were listed among the “yacht rock” bands, but listening to them, they’re like the ultimate band of the “genre.”

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  3. I’ve always liked Toto’s music, but I guess never enough to buy any of their albums. Though it might be possible that I have a cassette of their music somewhere in my garage cache of old music formats that I no longer listen to.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I’ve been hearing “Africa” a lot, and I read about their “40 Trips Around The SAun” album and figured I needed it. Before that, I’d see the “Rosanna” video, or I’d hear Steve Lukather on someone’s album, and it wouldn’t really register with me.

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