Toto is taking a well-deserved victory lap
You likely know Toto for their unique crossover sound that combines rock, pop and jazz (a sound so influential that it was mimicked by many bands that followed in the 1980s). You certainly know Toto for their three signature hits: “Hold the Line,” “Rosanna” and “Africa,” which respectively peaked at Nos. 5, 2 and 1 on the charts. And you may even know Toto for infiltrating 21st century pop culture when South Park and Family Guy used “Africa” in episode storylines.
What you probably don’t know Toto for is the massive impact their current and former members have had across the vast musical spectrum. While Toto’s statistics—17 studio albums and more than 40 million units sold—stand on their own, those numbers pale in comparison to the work individual band members have produced as session musicians for other artists. According to Toto’s official website, the band’s fingerprints can be found on 5,000 albums that have sold half a billion copies and garnered 225 Grammy nods. It’s no wonder then that during this, their 40th anniversary year, Toto is taking a bit of a victory lap with their 40 Trips Around the Sun tour. Given their contributions both as individuals and a whole, they’ve certainly earned it. –Matt Jacob
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