1979 Toto – Georgy Porgy (US:#48)

“Georgy Porgy” is a song written by David Paich, released on Toto’s self-titled debut album in 1978. It was released as a single and charted on the Billboard Hot 100 (number 48) as well as on both the R&B (number 18) and the Dance (number 80) charts.

The lead vocals are performed by guitarist Steve Lukather. Cheryl Lynn provided the female backing vocal, singing an adaptation from a nursery rhyme Georgie Porgie.

The song is still performed on tour. It is adapted with improvisational solos on guitar and keyboards.

In a 1988 interview with Modern Drummer, Jeff Porcaro discussed developing the groove for “Georgy Porgy”:

“…it’s imitating Paul Humphrey heavily; it’s imitating Earl Palmer very heavily. When it comes to that groove, my biggest influences were Paul Humphrey, Ed Greene, Earl Palmer, and the godfather of that 16th-note groove, James Gadson. That “Georgy Porgy” groove I owe to them.”

Album

Toto 1978

Video

Musicians

Bass David Hungate
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards David Paich
Keyboards Steve Porcaro
PercussionLenny Castro
Vocals Cheryl Lynn
VocalsSteve Lukather

Produced By

Toto

Songwriters

David Paich

Charts

US:#48
UK:# –