David Hungate

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David Hungate
David Hungate in September 2007
David Hungate in September 2007
Background information
Born (1948-08-05) August 5, 1948 (age 73)
Troy, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, bassist
InstrumentsBass guitar, guitar, trumpet, drums, and piano
Years active1976–2015
Associated actsToto

William David Hungate (born August 5, 1948) is a bass guitarist, producer, and arranger noted as a member of Los Angeles pop-rock band Toto from 1976 to 1982 and again from 2014 to 2015.[1] Along with most of his Toto bandmates, Hungate did sessions on a number of hit albums of the 1970s, including Boz Scaggs's Silk Degrees and Alice Cooper's From the Inside.

Hungate played on Toto's first four records, including multiple Grammy award-winning album, Toto IV. He left the band shortly after its release for a career as a session musician in Nashville. Hungate, who plays many instruments including guitar, trumpet, drums, and piano, has arranged, produced and recorded with several country artists such as Chet Atkins. He was also a primary member of AOR supergroup Mecca fronted by Joe Vana and Fergie Frederiksen, the latter also of Toto fame. In 1990 he released a solo album entitled Souvenir. Jeff Porcaro played drums on some of the tracks on the album. In 1995, Hungate also played bass on all the songs on Shania Twain's second album The Woman in Me.[2]

Hungate attended the College of Music at North Texas State University. He played bass in their jazz ensemble, the One O'Clock Lab Band, including a performance at the 1970 Montreux Jazz Festival.[3] He is the son of U.S. Congressman (and later Federal District Judge) William L. Hungate.

As of 2014, he rejoined Toto in a touring capacity due to the departure of the touring bass player, Nathan East (who was, like Leland Sklar during the band's previous tour in 2006/2007, filling in for regular bassist Mike Porcaro who was forced to retire due to illness). At first, it was announced that he would retire after the 2014 tour, but he kept touring with Toto until 2015, when it was announced that he would finally retire from extensive tours.[4][5] He also played four tracks in the band's album Toto XIV.

Hungate went to Troy Buchanan High School in Troy, Missouri. Because he attended there, the band “Toto” gave the high school a signed record and now during parades the band plays the song “Hold the Line”.


  • Souvenir (1990) [reissued in 1994]


With Amy Grant

With Joe Cocker

With Sonny & Cher

With Boz Scaggs

With Michael W. Smith

With J. D. Souther

With Clay Walker

With Deniece Williams

With Evie Sands

  • Estate Of Mind (Haven Records, 1974)
  • Suspended Animation (RCA Victor, 1979)

With Mandy Barnett

  • Mandy Barnett (Asylum Records, 1996)

With Frankie Valli

  • Heaven Above Me (MCA Records, 1980)

With Michael Martin Murphey

With Helen Reddy

With Ricky Van Shelton

With Neil Sedaka

With Tanya Tucker

With Ronnie Milsap

With Kim Carnes

With Rickie Lee Jones

With Crystal Gayle

With Rebecca Lynn Howard

With Barbra Streisand

  • Songbird (Columbia Records, 1978)
  • Wet (Columbia Records, 1979)
  • Guilty (Columbia Records, 1980)

With Olivia Newton-John

With Diana Ross

With Joe Nichols

With Bill LaBounty

  • Back To Your Star (Chill Phill Records, 2009)

With Ted Gärdestad

With Mark Collie

With Livingston Taylor

With Lisa Brokop

With Jimmy Webb

With Eddie Rabbitt

With Shania Twain

With Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

With Chad Brock

With Carole Bayer Sager

  • ...Too (Elektra Records, 1978)

With Tracy Byrd

With Lionel Cartwright

With Juice Newton

With Jackie DeShannon

With Mark Chesnutt

With Minnie Riperton

  • Minnie (Capitol Records, 1979)

With Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville

With Melissa Manchester

With Barry Mann

  • Barry Mann (Casablanca Records, 1980)

With Bette Midler

With Kiki Dee

  • Stay With Me (Rocket, 1978)

With Leo Sayer

With Toby Keith

With Judy Collins

With Albert Hammond

  • Your World and My World (Columbia Records, 1981)

With Cher

With Nicolette Larson

With Donovan

With Bernie Taupin

With Vince Gill

With Johnny Rivers

  • Outside Help (Big Tree Records, 1977)

With Nanci Griffith

With Glen Campbell

With Valerie Carter

With Barry Manilow

With Dolly Parton

With Dalbello

With José Feliciano

  • Just Wanna Rock 'n' Roll (RCA Victor, 1975)

With Diana DeGarmo

With Stephen Bishop

  • Bish (ABC Records, 1978)

With Sarah Vaughan

With Neil Diamond

With Rosanne Cash

With Collin Raye

With Kenny Rogers

With The Pointer Sisters

With Paul Overstreet

  • Time (Scarlet Moon Records, 1996)


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Biography: David Hungate". AMG. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  2. ^ Shania Twain: The Biography
  3. ^ Dr. Licks, Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson, pg. 157, Hal Leonard Corporation (1989)
  4. ^ "Steve Lukather Talks New Toto Album: 'I Think This Is Gonna Surprise People'". Ultimateclassicrock.com. 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  5. ^ "Toto announce European/Japan dates for 2016". 29 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.

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