Toto is an American musical group formed in the late seventies in Los Angeles. The current line-up consists of Steve Lukather, David Paich, and Joseph Williams, along with many other touring musicians. Toto has achieved considerable success throughout their short career. This article discusses the band and its influences. Also known as “The Japanese Clothes”, the band is generally considered to be a neo-classical/post-punk band. A further description is often used to describe them as “folksters”.
There have been several toto albums which feature original songs written by the band members. One of these is the album named Tin Man by Toto. Several critics state that Tin Man contains much of the same material as earlier works by Toto, but it lacks some of its unique characteristics. Consequently, subsequent books about the band state that many of the songs on the album do not reflect the original style of Toto.
One of the most well-known songs from Tin Man by Toto, entitled “Haitian Poetry” was co-written by George Harrison. In the song, the words “When the Saints go Marching in” are said to be a quote of Irish poet Colmcille Mac Nessa. “Haitian Poetry” later appeared on the album titled Hollywood Forever, which went gold when it was re-released in the early eighties. “Haitian Poetry” remains the only track on that album not to feature David Bowie.
Toto’s other albums include albums called Hey Jude and The Ballad of Francisco II. The later was released to coincide with the song “I Remember You”, from The Life of Pablo. There is also a second album called Saturday on which many of the songs were recorded, including “Pigs in a blanket, shooting stars in the night”, “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”, and “Beware Of Darkness”.
Like many young artists, Yo-Yo Ma also had a musical career of his own. His first album was called Music; from the album Piano Man. It featured hits such as “Mystery Train” and “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”. Other hits from this period included “Who Is It” and “I Remember You”. A movie of the same name, starring Christopher Walken was made based on the life of Yo-Yo Ma.
With a background as a pianist and a background in classical music, Toto has created an influential body of work that continues to influence musicians today. As with all creative artists, there will be those who criticize his music and claim it to have little originality. They should remember that this is a man who started out playing the piano at age twelve and has been creating music ever since. He was influenced by many other musicians before him.