Collected from a group of respected studio musicians, Toto had a great run in the late 70’s and early 80’s with a string of Soft Rock hits that may not be held in the highest regard today but was very well produced and expertly played. Their musicianship is not in question, but without any perceived substance it won’t just be the “rains down in Africa” that Toto will miss as an induction in Cleveland seems like a long shot.

 

 

 

 

The Bullet Points:

 

Eligible Since:

2003

 

Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (Los Angeles, CA)

 

Nominated In:

Never

 

NIHOF’s Favorite Album:

Toto IV (1982)

 

NIHOF’s Favorite Song:

Hold the Line (From Toto, 1978)

Should Toto be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put them in! - 37.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 37.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 12.5%
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0 #4 Brian 2014-12-21 18:42
Toto deserves their place.
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0 #3 dihdihd 2013-06-07 20:11
I see many time that Toto is soulless etc. Did you listen songs like: I Will Remember, Better World, Bottom of Your Soul, Lea.. And you can't judge that they didn't put their souls in songs, did you see them while writing?
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+2 #2 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
Toto was the West Coast version of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, a consortium of studio musicians who decided to moonlight together after spending their day jobs as sidemen for any number of acts. Toto was more successful than ARS because it had more to say, but you can't sound hungry at night when you've been well-fed with polished arrangements during the day. Musicologist999 hits it right on the head: slick, manufactured, and soulless describes both bands to a tee, although I'd take ARS any day because of the regional flavor and harder edge, and because Toto's "Africa&qu ot; and "Rosanna&q uot; were all over the radio in the early '80s, and the cloying vocals are still embedded in my skull. No wonder Rosanna Arquette, the subject (target?) of "Rosanna,& quot; punked it up in Pulp Fiction.
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-6 #1 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
There's no question that the bandmembers of Toto are expert musicians. And they have a couple of songs that ain't bad: their earliest hit Hold The Line, and Pamela, a minor hit that deserved to be big, are both good songs. But the rest of their stuff, including the Grammy-winning "Toto IV" album, sounds SO manufactured, SO slick, and SO soulless. And NOBODY points to Toto as an influential band, nor is there anything innovative or "groundbre aking" about them. Too bad, considering that the guys in Toto ARE talented. But I guess they simply steered their talent in completely the wrong musical direction. "Toto IV" gave them some hits and some Grammys, and I hope they enjoyed them. But an induction into the RnR Hall Of Fame? Forget it.
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