The band Toto is mainly an American rock band established in 1977 in Los Angeles, California. The current line up features the following members: Joseph Williams, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Steve Lukather, and Simon Phillips. The band made its first album ‘Love is in the air’ in 1986 and has gone on to sell well over sixty million records. They are thought to have been popularised through their usage in the Billie Jean movie which was also written by Williams and whose soundtrack they re-recorded for the video game ‘Unlock Your Demon’.
In this article we will look at some of Toto’s memorable moments. The six numbers which make up the name of this band actually all refer to a song from one of their albums. ‘Irene’ is the first number drawn and it is a ballad about an old woman who wants to forget about life. On the cover of the album there are six numbers which in order from A to Z. They are ‘She wants to feel the rain like flies on the ground / She’s an artist in her own mind / The secret is inside her head’, ‘The love that I got from her has healed my heart / My only regret is that I never saw her face’ and ‘We are the ones who made a garden’. It is these songs that Toto will bring to the stage in their concert.
Toto is a big fan of Japanese animation and in fact the early 1990s they started creating their own series of Japanese cartoon series based around a character from the Shichi Gojo series. The series became so popular in America that they managed to gain the top spot on the charts of the Americas, New Zealand and Australia, of which they still hold the number one position today. On their official website they list twelve of their best-selling albums. Among these are the aforementioned album, which earned them the first ever prize for “Best Music Group” at the MTV Music Awards.
The very first Toto album to receive a prize was also the group’s very first album to be available in the six out-of 49′ format. “Karate Man” won the award at the MTV awards and then went on to become one of the most successful singles of all time. “Ichi Uso” was another single that reached the top ten and later went on to be another US number one hit. “Ichi Uso” also became a video hit and featured the single “Kiss – Here There Goes A Woman”. A further four Toto albums have since reached the top twenty, including the classic “Kedo Cat”.
Each Toto album has a unique pictorial sleeve that is printed onto a white vinyl album cover. This is where the shopper selects which photograph to include on the toto result ticket that will be presented at the winners’ reward ceremony. Once the potential customer has chosen their preferred photograph, they can select “Yes” or “No” to indicate whether they wish to enter the drawing. It is possible to purchase a matrimonial themed Toto photo tote to hold the winning photographs as well.
The Toto series is based upon traditional Japanese music and has been successful in creating numerous singles that have reached number one in the US and throughout the world. The company works with a unique strategy of buying the rights to previously recorded music to create new original material. As a result, when a customer chooses to purchase a particular Toto single from the Toto website, that song will be available for them to purchase from the company as well. In addition to receiving the cash prize as a result of completing an online registration, the winner will receive an additional number of Toto figure sets as well as a signed item from Takanori Yamane. The figure sets are generally small, although some packages offer large sized collectibles.