Remembering Jeff Porcaro

On This Date, August 5th in 1992: Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro died of a heart attack due to an un-diagnosed serious heart condition. He was 38 years old. There are rumors that his heart was weakened by years of cocaine abuse, but I can’t speak to that.  I know that everyone many people think of Toto as kind of a joke, but Jeff was an amazingly gifted percussionist. Drummers I interview still talk about his unique groove. Jeff Porcaro also worked with many other acts including Sonny and Cher, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Steely Dan, Paul Simon and Boz Scaggs.

Rest in peace, Jeff.

5 thoughts on “Remembering Jeff Porcaro”

  1. The critical reaction to Toto was based on the assumption that if anything is popular with the masses, it must be beneath notice on the grounds of being too safe. My feeling about this is that people who think like that have no idea how hard it is to write a good catchy pop song (they also tend to disregard subtle virtuosity, such as Porcaro’s asymmetrical beat on “Rosanna.”) Toto IV remains an unalloyed pleasure.

  2. ‎”Rezpectfully” disagree. Many musicians I have interviewed admire this band and the caliber of their talent. Let us remember that “everyone” also worships at the altar of reality television and tabloid publications. It is best not to care what “everyone” thinks.

    — Thanks for the comment E, but you’ll notice I didn’t say that “I” considered Toto to be joke, and also praised Jeff’s talent, while agreeing with another commentor, Steve H! — G

  3. Ah, sorry for the confusion. I meant I disagree with “everyone.” But that’s nothing new for me.

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