Remembering Jeff Porcaro
Elton John, Michael McDonald, Pink Floyd, Al Jarreau, Don Henley, Peter Frampton, Warren Zevon, Madonna, Rickie Lee Jones, EW&F, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne, and Paul McCartney are only a fraction of the influential artists that Jeff has worked with. He is mainly known for co-founding and performing in Toto with his brothers, Steve Lukather, and David Paich.
During his time with Toto, they released hits like "Africa", "Hold The Line", "I Won't Hold You Back", "99", and "I'll Supply The Love". His shuffle pattern on the single "Rosanna" is still a litmus test for drummers today. "I stole that beat from two records. One was 'Home At Last' and 'Babylon Sisters' which is Bernard Purdie... Steely Dan records." He continues, "Another is John Bonham on 'Fool In The Rain' which is a Led Zeppelin tune."
Other selections from his groove encyclopedia are the driving pulse from Michael Jackson's "Beat It", two-fisted shuffle of Steely Dan's "Black Friday", and the dual hi-hat patterns of Boz Scaggs "Lowdown", the syncopated bass drum pattern from Michael McDonald's "I Keep Forgettin'".
So we raise our drumsticks in honor of The Man With The Golden Touch... Jeff Porcaro.