Most Wanted! Toto – Georgy Porgy (Long Version) (Columbia)
I guess I can say I’ve been lucky enough to open myself to music at a period when we didn’t give a damn about its origins as long as it had something. It could be Black, it could be White. It could have Soul, Jazz, Funk or Disco Influences. Eventually Rock or Electronic at times, not to mention African or Latin. We just didn’t care as long as we felt it could touch the hearts and souls. And make the bodies move on the floors. I suppose it was already… indamix for me at the time, although it had nothing of a preconceived idea. This being how I came to embrace so many different styles of music, regardless the origins of its creators…
Therefore, what’s known as Blue-Eyed Soul made no exception to me. Bringing me to play cuts such as Chicago‘s ‘Street Player’ or Santana‘s ‘One Chain’. But also The Hollies‘ ‘Draggin My Heels’ to name a few. Not to mention California FM’s classics. From Michael Franks‘ ‘Tell Me All About It’ to Steely Dan‘s ‘FM’. In addition to Boz Scaggs‘s ‘Lowdown’. And most definitely Toto‘s ‘Georgy Porgy’.
Speakin’ of that scene, Steve Lukather, David Paich and the brothers Porcaro (Jeff and Steve) stood among the most in-demand musicians. Eventually forming the nucleus of Toto.
From Toto‘s eponymous debut-album which saw the light back in 1978, ‘Georgy Porgy’ stands among their biggest classics ever. This along with ‘Africa’, ‘Rosanna’ and ‘I Won’t Hold You Back’. A cut which Roger Sanchez eventually sampled on the memorable ‘Another Chance’.
Although not precisely tailored for the floors, ‘Georgy Porgy’ made some impression on both Dance and R&B charts, not to mention the Billboard Hot 100. Eventually generating extra following along with time to gain a place among the most sought after tunes on the second hand market.
A cool jammer, guitaritst Steve Lukather took the lead vocals on it with Cheryl Lynn responding. Meanwhile singing an adaptation of ‘Georgie Porgie’, a popular English nursery rhyme published in the first half of the XIX Century. She never got officially credited for that though, apart from a quick mention on the label of the commercial 12″ release.
The son of musician and session player/arranger Marty Paich, keyboardist David Paich and drummer Jeff Porcaro (the son of noted session percussionist Joe Porcaro) first met while attending Grant High School in Van Nuys, CA. There, they eventually formed a group by the likes of Rural Still Life. Regularly working as recording session musicians with luminaries such as Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs and Sony & Cher among others, they started thinking of dropping their own music. Which is how they brought in Steve Lukather and Steve Porcaro (Jeff‘s brother). But also David Hungate and Bobby Kimball. Tom Kelly and Lenny Castro joinin’ them soon after the release of Toto‘s debut-album.
Rumors have been much circulating about the why of such a name for the band, as explained on Wikipedia. Which didn’t get them from makin’ the buzz with cuts such as ‘Hold The Line’, ‘I’ll Supply The Love’ and ‘Georgy Porgy’ (along with Cheryl Lynn).
1982 most likely marked the opening of the most successful period for Toto. Their ‘Toto IV’ albums featuring the classics ‘Africa’, ‘Rosanna’ and ‘I Won’t Hold You Back’.
From then, Toto was to get thru regular changes on their nine-ups. Most likely due to momentaneous disputes. They are still active nowadays. With their current formation consisting in Steve Lukather (1977–2008, 2010–present), David Paich (1977–2008, 2010–present), Steve Porcaro (1977–1987, 1998, 2010–present) and Joseph Williams (1986–1989, 1998, 2010–present). They’ve released 14 studio albums to date. With their latest – ‘Toto XIV’ back in 2015. And an upcoming one tentatively titled ’40 Trips Around The Sun’ set for release in 2018.
Jeff Porcaro sadly died in an accident on Aug. 05, 1992, at the age of 38 while working in his garden. According to the LA Times Report, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office listed the cause of death to be a heart attack from the hardening of the arteries caused by cocaine use.