After its release, Toto climbed the charts quickly, earning popularity with the hit single "Hold the Line", as well as the charting "I'll Supply the Love" and "Georgy Porgy", featuring Cheryl Lynn.
According to popular myth, at the first recording sessions, in order to distinguish their own demo tapes from other bands' in the studio, Jeff Porcaro wrote the word "Toto" on them.
In the early 1980s, band members told the press that the band was named after the dog in The Wizard of Oz.
2010 lineup, left to right, Simon Phillips (drums), David Paich (keyboards, vocals), Mabvuto Carpenter (vocals), Jory Steinberg (vocals), Steve Lukather (guitar, vocals), Nathan East (bass, vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Joseph Williams (lead vocals) Toto is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Los Angeles.
David Paich and Jeff Porcaro had played together as session musicians on several albums and decided to form a band.
With the Triple Platinum-certified Toto IV, the band delivered one of the most commercially successful records of the 1980s.
The album featured three singles that reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "Rosanna", "Africa" and "I Won't Hold You Back".
Shortly thereafter, in early 1979, Toto embarked on their first American tour in support of the debut album.
For the tour, Toto brought along two additional musicians, Tom Kelly (guitar, backup vocals) and Lenny Castro (percussion), to increase the depth of the sound, and continued to bring additional touring musicians for all subsequent tours. Nearly 30 years later, Steve Lukather confessed that, despite the song's popularity, he hated "99" and that it's one of his least favorite Toto songs, which is why it was rarely performed after Hydra's tour.
In the music video for the song, Cynthia Rhodes plays the title character.
In addition to "Africa" and "Rosanna", Toto IV continued its successful run with the release of another single, "Make Believe". Also, during this time, Steve Porcaro co-wrote and co-composed "Human Nature," which Michael Jackson recorded for his best-selling album Thriller (1982), turning the song into a smash hit.
After the completion of the first album, the band and record were still unnamed.