Niagara Gazette

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August 22, 2013

Talking Toto with founding member David Paich


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It is well known that Toto is comprised of some of the best session musicians in Los Angeles, including guitarist Steve Lukather and the late Jeff Porcaro, who was the band’s first drummer.

“There are urban legends that we were just session musicians that got together to make more money. We were already making a lot of money; we got together because we wanted to make music we wanted to hear on the radio.”

The band’s songs dominated the radio in the 1980s and during the MTV era, especially big hits like “Africa” and “Hold the Line.”

Even as Toto’s music climbed the charts, Paich continued to do session work, and he recalled one of his most memorable sessions on a song called “The Girl is Mine,” featuring Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.

“When I got to the studio I saw George Martin and Geoff Emerick, The Beatles producer and engineer and Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien, Michael’s producer and engineer, and Michael was there so I was pretty much in a daze. Then McCartney walks in and sits at the piano and I had to pinch myself. Whenever I meet a Beatle, I am awestruck. There was some great jams there, they jammed on Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Was Made to Love Her.’ “




Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.

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