“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.”