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Steve Porcaro

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Like a founding person in the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling rock-band Toto, songwriter/keyboardist Steve Porcaro had huge pop hits with “Contain the Collection,” “Rosanna,” and “Make Believe.” He also co-wrote “Human being Character” on Michael Jackson’s 30 million-selling Thriller recording. Other members from the music group had been his brothers Jeff Porcaro and Mike Porcaro, David Paich, David Hungate, Steve Luthaker, Bobby Kimball, Fergie Fredericksen, and Joseph Williams. Toto also became in-demand program music artists, playing on several records. Created in Connecticut, Porcaro’s musical origins operate deep in his family members tree. He began acquiring piano lessons when he was four yrs . old, though while we were young he spent lots of time on the football field. Along with his brothers, drummer Jeff Porcaro and bassist Mike Porcaro, Steve started playing in a variety of rings. The Porcaro brothers fulfilled David Paich when their fathers, Joe Porcaro and Marty Paich, worked well collectively on Glen Campbell’s Television variety display. The keyboardist later on toured with Gary Wright (“Dreamweaver”) and Boz Scaggs around enough time of his Silk Levels album. Members of this touring music group would later type Toto. Their self-titled LP premiered by Columbia in fall 1977. Heading platinum, it yielded the platinum single “Contain the Collection,” “I’ll Provide you with the Like,” and “Georgy Porgy” — a popular sample resource for rap/hip hop organizations within the ’90s, as was “Human being Character.” Their additional LPs had been Hydra and REVERSE. 1982 would end up being a banner yr for the group. Their million-selling LP Toto IV experienced a Grammys sweep, earning Album of the entire year, Record of the entire year (“Rosanna” ), and Maker of the entire year. After seven albums, Toto disbanded in 1988. Porcaro released a film rating career having added to such films simply because Metro starring Eddie Murphy and Wish with Christine Lahti. He also have scored the UPN-TV series The Sentinel and Gideon’s Crossing which premiered on ABC in fall 2000.

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Full Name Steve Porcaro
Profession Composer, Songwriter, Keyboard Player
Education Grant High School
Nationality American
Spouse Pam Ross
Parents Joe Porcaro
Siblings Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro
Music Groups Toto, U.S.A. for Africa
Music Songs Africa, Hold The Line, Rosanna, I'll Be over You, Stop Loving You, Georgy Porgy, I Won't Hold You Back, I Will Remember, Pamela, Stranger In Town, 99, I'll Supply The Love, Straight for the Heart, Child's Anthem, Goodbye Elenore, Holyanna, Till the End, Out of Love, Mushanga, Bottom of Your Soul, Lea, Angel Don't Cry, Love Has the Power, Without Your Love, Don't Chain My Heart, Melanie, Home of the Brave, It's a Feeling, Can You Hear What I'm Saying, Girl Goodbye, Love Isn't Always on Time, St. George and the Dragon
Albums Someday / Somehow, Toto IV, Toto XIV, Toto, Dune, Hydra, Isolation, Turn Back, Fahrenheit, We Are the World, 35th Anniversary Tour – Live in Poland, Live In Montreux 1991, Live, Hold The Line: The Ultimate Toto Collection
Movies Metro, A Murder of Crows, Montana Sky, Head over Heels, Holiday in the Sun, Getting There, Carolina Moon, Cougar Club, My First Mister, The Wizard of Gore, Soccer Dog: European Cup, Unanswered Prayers, The Skulls, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, Wayward Son, A Season on the Brink


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1 Played keyboards on the title track of Yes' "Open Your Eyes" album (1997). He also played with them on their "Union" album (1991) and well as touring the USA with three members of Yes in summer 1992 as "The Chris Squire Experiment".
2 Son of Joe Porcaro. Younger brother of Jeff Porcaro and Mike Porcaro.
3 Plays keyboards and synthesizers for the band Toto, and the other background groups.


Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tormenta announced
Justified 2010-2015 TV Series 78 episodes
Restoring the Spirit of Los Angeles 2014 Documentary short
Justified: Sneak Peek 2013 Short music by
Unanswered Prayers 2010 TV Movie
The 19th Wife 2010 TV Movie
The Prince of Motor City 2008 TV Movie
Football Wives 2007 TV Movie
The Reckoning 2007/I Short
The Wizard of Gore 2007
Cougar Club 2007
Raines 2007 TV Series 7 episodes
Carolina Moon 2007 TV Movie
Montana Sky 2007 TV Movie
American Experience 2006 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Soccer Dog: European Cup 2004
Then Came Jones 2003 TV Movie score composed by
Getting There 2002 Video
Emmett's Mark 2002
Federal Protection 2002 TV Movie
A Season on the Brink 2002 TV Movie
Holiday in the Sun 2001 Video
Head Over Heels 2001
My First Mister 2001
Leaving Peoria 2000 Short
Gideon's Crossing 2000 TV Series
Wayward Son 1999
A Murder of Crows 1998
Hope 1997 TV Movie
Metro 1997
The Sentinel 1996 TV Series 10 episodes
Save the Sea 1993 Documentary

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Voice of the Philippines 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sarah G Live 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glee 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idool 2011 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Justified TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
The X Factor 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
This Is It 2009 Documentary writer: "Human Nature"
Living with Michael Jackson: A Tonight Special 2003 TV Special documentary writer: "Human Nature"
Primal Fear 1996 performer: "Chez What", "Pammy Slam" / writer: "Chez What", "Pammy Slam"
Free Willy 1993 writer: "Right Here Human Nature Remix"
Moonwalker 1988 writer: "Human Nature"
Out of Control 1985 writer: "She"
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary "We Are the World", uncredited
Automan 1984 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Medallion 2003 composer: additional music / orchestrator
Emmett's Mark 2002 score producer
My First Mister 2001 additional orchestrator
The Skulls 2000 composer: additional music
Woman Wanted 1999 score co-producer - as Steve Parcaro
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money 1999 Video composer: additional music / orchestrator
Waterworld 1995 musician
Last Light 1993 TV Movie music producer
Dune 1984 musician: Toto
Twilight Zone: The Movie 1983 musician: keyboards - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Men in Black Training Video: Australia 2002 Video short production assistant
Men in Black Training Video: Germany 2002 Video short production assistant
Men in Black Training Video: Japan 2002 Video short production assistant
Men in Black Training Video: UK 2002 Video short production assistant
Michael Jackson: Bad 1987 Video short programmer

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ricochet 2010 Short assistant director

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Composers on Composing 2015 TV Series Himself
Making of Toto XIV 2015 Documentary short Himself
Nathan East: For the Record 2014 Documentary Himself
Toto: 35th Anniversary Tour Live in Poland 2014 Himself
TOTO Behind the Scenes 35th Anniversary Live in Poland Dvd-extra 2014 Documentary short Himself
Songs 2011 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music in a Series Justified (2010)


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