This song was a minor hit for Toto’s debut back in 1978, as the follow up to the huge smash hit Hold the Line. While disco the rule, Toto managed a bridge between pop, rock and funky with this song. According to popular myth, at the first recording sessions, in order to distinguish their own demo tapes from other bands’ in the studio, Jeff Porcaro wrote the word “Toto” on them. In the early 1980s, band members told the press that the band was named after the dog in The Wizard of Oz. One popular rumor is that the name came from Bobby Kimball’s “true” last name, Toteaux. This rumor was in fact only a joke popularized by former bassist David Hungate. 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 word “Toto” in Latin translated to “all-encompassing.” Because the band members played on so many different records and many different musical genres, they adopted the name “Toto” as their own.
This song only hit #45 on the charts in 1978, but remains a fan favorite to this day.
The band garnered international acclaim and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1979, but did not win.