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David Hungate, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro and Bobby Kimball were recruited before their first album release.
The band enjoyed great commercial success in the late 1970s and 1980s, beginning with the band's eponymous debut released in 1978.
In the music video for the song, Cynthia Rhodes plays the title character.
In addition to "Africa" and "Rosanna", Toto IV continued its successful run with the release of another single, "Make Believe". Also, during this time, Steve Porcaro co-wrote and co-composed "Human Nature," which Michael Jackson recorded for his best-selling album Thriller (1982), turning the song into a smash hit.
Shortly thereafter, in early 1979, Toto embarked on their first American tour in support of the debut album.
For the tour, Toto brought along two additional musicians, Tom Kelly (guitar, backup vocals) and Lenny Castro (percussion), to increase the depth of the sound, and continued to bring additional touring musicians for all subsequent tours. Nearly 30 years later, Steve Lukather confessed that, despite the song's popularity, he hated "99" and that it's one of his least favorite Toto songs, which is why it was rarely performed after Hydra's tour.
In the early 1980s, band members told the press that the band was named after the dog in The Wizard of Oz.
With the Triple Platinum-certified Toto IV, the band delivered one of the most commercially successful records of the 1980s.
The album featured three singles that reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "Rosanna", "Africa" and "I Won't Hold You Back".
After the completion of the first album, the band and record were still unnamed.
David Hungate, after viewing the name on the demo tapes, explained to the group that the words "In Toto" in Latin translated to "all-encompassing." Because the band members played on so many records and so many musical genres, they adopted the name "Toto" as their own.
Having played on many sessions with drummer Jeff Porcaro (the son of noted session percussionist Joe Porcaro), whom he met while attending Grant High School in Van Nuys, California, where they formed the band Rural Still Life, Paich began to discuss seriously with Porcaro the possibility of them forming their own band.