Joe Porcaro

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Joe Porcaro
Born(1930-04-29)April 29, 1930
New Britain, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedJuly 6, 2020(2020-07-06) (aged 90)
Occupation(s)Musician, educator
  • Drums
  • percussion
Associated actsToto

Joe Porcaro (April 29, 1930 – July 6, 2020) was an American jazz drummer.


Porcaro recorded with Natalie Cole, Don Ellis, Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, Gladys Knight, Madonna, The Monkees, Gerry Mulligan, Pink Floyd, Howard Roberts, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, and Sarah Vaughan. He performed film scores with James Newton Howard, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Danny Elfman, John Frizzell and his son Steve Porcaro. With educator and drummer Ralph Humphrey, he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) in Pasadena, California, which is now called the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM).

His three sons were in the rock band Toto: drummer Jeff (1954–1992); bassist Mike (1955–2015); and keyboardist Steve (b. 1957), who still is a session musician and programmer. Joe contributed additional percussion to every Toto album from Turn Back through Kingdom of Desire. He also has a daughter, Joleen Porcaro Duddy (actress and designer), whose children, Chase and Paige Duddy, formed the electronic duo XYLO.

Porcaro led a group with Emil Richards, a native of Hartford who played vibraphone and collected percussion instruments from around the world.[1]

He died, aged 90, on July 6, 2020.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • 2002 Better Off Back Then

As sideman[edit]

With Rosemary Clooney

With Lalo Schifrin

With Toto

  • 1981 Turn Back
  • 1982 Toto IV
  • 1984 Isolation
  • 1986 Fahrenheit
  • 1988 The Seventh One
  • 1992 Kingdom of Desire

With others


  1. ^ Mattingly, Rich. "Emil Richards". Percussive Arts Society. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Toto: morto Joe Porcaro",, July 7, 2020 (in Italian)
  3. ^ "Joe Porcaro | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 October 2017.

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