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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.

Happy Birthday, Rick Derringer!

Rick Derringer

Guitarist Rick Derringer, who wrote and recorded “Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo” – one of my top five favorite songs of all time – turns 62 today, having been born on August 5th in  1947! Derringer (who also played with The McCoys, The Edgar Winter Group, and on a couple of album tracks by the original Alice Cooper band) was such a pretty boy way back in the day (like, seriously: pretty enough to be a girl).  Sadly, he’s succumbed to at least one botched face lift in the recent past, giving him that Joan Rivers/Saran Wrap Face look that just does not rock in any way. Why can’t people just age gracefully?