Mike Porcaro

  • Born: May 29, 1955
  • Died: March 15, 2015
  • Location: Los Angeles, California

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Mike Porcaro, who was the son and brother of prominent musicians and carved out a long, successful career as the bass player for the Grammy-winning pop group Toto, has died at age 59. (photo credit: www.gigwise.com)

Former Toto bass player dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Porcaro, who was the son and brother of prominent musicians and carved out a long, successful career as the bass player for the Grammy-winning pop group Toto, has died at age 59.

Porcaro died Sunday, Toto's publicist Keith Hagen told The Associated Press.

No cause was given, but he had suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease for several years. He left the group in 2007 because of declining health.

Lou Gehrig's disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, attacks the cells that control muscles.

"Mike mentally is fantastic, and if you talk to him, his spirits are up and he's great and like the old Mike Porcaro, except that he's disabled, he's in a wheelchair and can't move, can't walk and can't play, which is a heartbreaking drag," Toto's keyboard player, David Paich, told the webzine "Something Else" in 2012.

Toto was formed in the late 1970s by Paich, Porcaro's brothers Steve and Jeff, and other prominent session musicians who have recorded and toured over the years with Michael Jackson, Sonny and Cher, Boz Scaggs, Steely Dan and numerous others.

Porcaro came on board in the early 1980s when bassist David Hungate left to resume his session career.

The three siblings were the sons of jazz percussionist Joe Porcaro. Jeff Porcaro died in 1992.

Toto's merging of jazz, power-pop, soul and other musical forms sold millions of records in the late 1970s and early '80s and made the group one of the most popular of that time.

The album "Toto IV" won the Grammy for album of the year in 1982. The song "Rosanna" won record of the year.

Other Toto standards include "Hold the Line" and "Africa."

The group was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2009.

Toto's first new studio album in 10 years, "Toto XIV," is scheduled for release later this month. A European tour is slated for the spring and summer.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Loved your music. One of the soundtracks to my teenage years. Sorely missed.

Posted by Tara A. - Brooklyn, NY   November 25, 2019

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Rest in Peace, Mike - Loved your music. - Heard you live and met the Band after a concert in Bryan/College Station, Texas..., wish now I'd joined the after party. Play On.

Posted by Elizabeth Lewand - Sugar Land, TX - Acquaintance   April 04, 2016

So sad to hear of his passing came across as a great guy saw him play just after Jeff passed way,R I P now

Posted by Sean - London - Fan   August 13, 2015

Wish I had found TOTO sooner in life and having read all there is to be read about the group this last year I know what I was missing. Through your music I found a new life and a new beginning and albeit we never met I felt I knew you as individuals. Mike brought a feel that was unbeatable alongside with the other guys. Good by my friend you music goes on as will life you will always be celebrated, never to be forgotten for eternity.

Posted by Mike - Maldives - Forever a friend   May 04, 2015

Another artist of our time taken way too soon. Your music will live in infamy. The precision, grace and unbelievable style of your art will be missed greatly. Rest In Peace Mike... no more pain. Peace be with your family.

Posted by Dana Meeks - Orlando, FL - Fan   April 24, 2015

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I guess it rains down in Africa....gonna take some time t do the things we never had. Sure have needed to & did try to. -- Anonymous.

Posted by Marcia Ann Langdon - Champaign, IL - fan   April 23, 2015

RIP, Mike Porcaro. I am a fan of the great music of, "Toto", and I offer my condolensces. God bless you and your family, forever.

Posted by Patrick Walker - denver, CO - fan   April 20, 2015

Sweet dreams, sweet mikey! We will truly treasure your memory, god bless xxx

Posted by Rebecka Almond - Whitstable - Fan   March 29, 2015

I was devastated to hear of Mike's passing; my thoughts and prayers are with his family, including his extended family Steve Lukather and other musicians who thought of Mike as a brother. A lifetime fan .... Debra (Australia)

Posted by Debra - Melbourne Australia - not related just an admirer   March 22, 2015

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My thoughts and prayers to his family and the band Toto, that he was a part of for many years. Thankful for all the great music he made in the band. You will be missed Mike, God Bless!

Posted by David Rosato - Atlanta, GA   March 21, 2015

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Posted by irene - Italy - fan   March 18, 2015


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Mike Porcaro, who was the son and brother of prominent musicians and carved out a long, successful career as the bass player for the Grammy-winning pop group Toto, has died at age 59. (photo credit: www.gigwise.com)
Dominate record award nominations - The rock group Toto, shown with members, from left: Mike Porcaro, Jeff Porcaro, Bobby Kimball, Steve Porcaro, Steve Lukather and David Paich, led the pack in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1983 in nominations for the 25th annual Grammy Awards, gathering nine nominations, including those for song and record of the year. (AP Photo)

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Sweet dreams, sweet mikey! We will truly treasure your memory, god bless xxx