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Mike Porcaro

Mike Porcaro

Born into an incredibly talented musical family, bassist Mike Porcaro began recording and touring in the mid-1970s with such popular artists Michael Franks, Seals and Crofts, Boz Scaggs and TOTO. In 1982, he joined his two brothers Jeff and Steve as an official member of band with the release of “TOTO IV.” Their father, Joe Porcaro, also a highly-acclaimed orchestral and jazz drummer-percussionist, was one of a group a of Los Angeles-based studio session musicians that have since become known as “The Wrecking Crew,” who played on many of the top hits of the 1960s.

TOTO accepts Grammy award in 1983 for Best Album and Best Record of the Year.

The TOTO IV album, including smash hits “Africa,” “I Won’t Hold You Back,” and “Rosanna,” earned six Grammys in 1983. Ironically, Joe Porcaro was performing in the orchestra pit during that year’s Grammy Award ceremony. The iconic album went multi-platinum and yielded five hit singles.

The band has continued to enjoy worldwide recording and touring success. Then unexpectedly in 2005, Mike began to notice weakness in his in his fingers and hands, and by August 2006, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) made it too difficult for him to continue touring with the band. In 2009, Mike Porcaro and TOTO were inducted into the Musician’s Hall of Fame.

Mike Porcaro, center, with his family

“I’m happy that TOTO and I can assist in this worthy cause,” Mike said, when he learned that the band had joined with The ALS Association to expand awareness about ALS during the 2013 concert tour. In addition, the band has formed “Team TOTO” to support the Walk to Defeat ALS across the United States.

Mike and Cheryl Porcaro

Mike and his wife of 26 years Cheryl have 3 children. Brianne, 25, is a graduate of USC and works in music production at a major Los Angeles studio. Sam, 22, and Jeffrey, 20, are attending college; Sam is studying bass.

“We are very excited about the collaboration of TOTO with The ALS association,” said Cheryl. “We hope that their work together will help raise awareness of the disease and will get more people involved in supporting the fight for a cure.”

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