“Rosanna” is a classic Toto track that appeared on the group’s 1982 album Toto IV. In addition to riding to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it also won a Grammy Award in 1983 for Record of the Year. The drum part that late drummer Jeff Porcaro came up with — the Rosanna Shuffle — was a “half-time shuffle” influenced in part by Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s acclaimed beat on “Fool In The Rain” (also well worth a listen). The album was produced by Toto and recorded at Sunset Sound and Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles, Hogg Manor in Sherman Oaks, California, and Abbey Road Studios in London, England. It’s worth noting that these musicians played on many of the hit tracks produced in California and elsewhere in the 1970s and 80s.
VOCALS (LEAD: Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather; BACKING: Steve Lukather, Bobby Kimball, David Paich, Tom Kelly):
GUITAR only (Steve Lukather):
BASS (David Hungate):
DRUMS only (Jeff Porcaro R.I.P.):
DRUMS (Jeff Porcaro), PERCUSSION (Lenny Castro); KEYBOARDS/HORN ARRANGEMENT (David Paich), HORNS (SAXES: Jim Horn, Tom Scott, TRUMPET: Gary Grant, TRUMPET/HORN ARRANGEMENT Jerry Hey, TROMBONE: James Pankow):
Cover Steve Lukather Image: Hans Westbeek/flickr.com