Session cats rarely make the artistic leap to a career as platinum selling recording artists – however Toto was a notable exception. Comprised of LA’s premier players who waxed hits for scores of world renowned artists, bassist Mike Porcaro joined his brothers Jeff (drums) and Steve (keyboards) for their Isolation album (1984), replacing studio ace and band-member David Hungate, and also anchored Fahrenheit (1986), Mindfields (1998) and Through the Looking Glass (2002).
A valued sideman of tours and record dates with Boz Scaggs, Larry Carlton , Michael Franks, Cher, Stevie Nicks, Seals & Crofts, Donna Summer, Carlos Santana, Natalie Cole, Joe Walsh, Aretha Franklin, and The Pointer Sisters, to cite a select few, Mike excelled in a wide array of genres spanning pop, funk, soul, rhythm and blues, rock, Latin, disco, techno – and every permutation thereof.
Dig Mike taking a solo break on a Toto classic https://youtu.be/MeFJcTsxImI
Mike Porcaro, who passed in 2015, was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2009 with Toto.