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Michael Joseph Porcaro (May 29, 1955 – March 15, 2015) was an American
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player known for his work with Toto. He retired from touring in 2007 as a result of being diagnosed with
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(ALS). He was the middle brother of Toto members
Jeff Porcaro Jeffrey Thomas Porcaro (; April 1, 1954 – August 5, 1992) was an American drummer, songwriter and record producer. He is best known for his work with the rock band Toto, but is one of the most recorded session musician Session musicians ...
and
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. Their father was
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Joe Porcaro Joseph Thomas Porcaro (April 29, 1930 – July 6, 2020) was an American jazz drummer. Biography Personal life The Porcaro family is, on the paternal side, originally from San Luca, an Aspromonte village in the province of Reggio Calabria. Joe ...
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Early life

Mike Porcaro is the second of the three Porcaro brothers. The three brothers were taught drums by their father at his drum shop every weekend. Jeff said that he himself wasn't the best drummer, adding that Mike was a better player than him before he switched to bass, while Steve later took up piano before they moved to California. Jeff explained that when the brothers took guitar lessons, Mike took off at the instrument while Jeff gave up after three lessons, and since the family had only one drum kit and one bass, Mike was assigned the bass. Mike Porcaro was also a member of the Baha'i Faith He was of Italian descent.


Career

Porcaro first began his career in bands he was a member of while in high school, one of them was alongside his brother Jeff Porcaro and other future members of Toto. Porcaro worked as a session bass player throughout the mid and late 1970s for numerous musicians and bands before replacing Toto original bass player
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in 1982 shortly after the band completed recording the ''
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'' album. Porcaro played cello on a track for the album and subsequently appeared in the band's videos and performed as a full band member on the world tour in support of the album. He remained with the band until 2007. Along with Toto, Porcaro played numerous sessions in Los Angeles, and toured with Michael Franks on his first tour. He then toured with
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. He appears in the video for the song "JoJo" by Scaggs.
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bass player
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said that his bass playing style was influenced by Porcaro.


Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and death

Porcaro stopped performing with Toto in 2007 after experiencing a growing weakness in his fingers that was making it increasingly difficult for him to play. He was replaced by
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for the remainder of the tour and Toto disbanded in 2008. In February 2010, it was announced that Porcaro was diagnosed with
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(ALS) and that former band members of Toto, including
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, would reform and do a short tour through Europe in support of him in the summer of 2010. The regrouped Toto continued to tour and perform for Mike's benefit during 2011. In September 2012, it was reported in ''
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'' magazine that he was doing as well as could be expected with his disease, but he was in a wheelchair as the disease was progressing. Porcaro died at his Los Angeles home on March 15, 2015, at the age of 59 with his family at his side, from complications of ALS. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the
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of Los Angeles. He left behind his wife Cheryl, who he married in 1987, and their three children. Three years after his death, in 2018, Porcaro and his brother Jeff (who died in 1992) appeared on two Toto albums where the band used old archived recordings of both musicians from the mid-1980s.


Discography


With Toto

* '' Isolation'' (1984) * ''
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'' (1988) * '' Past to Present 1977-1990'' (1990) * '' Greatest Hits Live...and More'' (1992) * '' Kingdom of Desire'' (1992) * '' Tambu'' (1995) * '' Best Ballads'' (1995) * ''
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'' (1998) * ''
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'' (1999) * ''
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'' (1999) * ''
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'' (2002) * '' Live in Amsterdam'' (2003) * ''The Essential Toto'' (2003) * ''Falling in Between'' (2006) * ''40 Trips Around the Sun'' (2018) * ''Old Is New'' (2018) Other * ''For the Love of Strange Medicine'' / Steve Perry (1994)


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