Jeff Porcaro ( Jeffrey Thomas Porcaro ), 4/1/54 – 8/5/92. Born in Los Angeles, California, Jeff was a highly acclaimed drummer, best known for starting the band Toto. He was a session drummer who started his career at age 17 playing for Sonny and Cher’s touring back up band. He worked with many musicians over the years including Steely Dan, Elton John, Madonna, Paul McCartney, and Bruce Springsteen. and many others. Jeff died of an undiagnosed heart condition. He was 38.
An amazing talent! I love listening to Toto and focusing on Jeff's playing. He was obviously very much in demand (just check out the "career" section on the Wiki link). After his sudden death a memorial fund was set up in his name to benefit the music and arts department of the high school he had attended. There was also a huge tribute concert given in his honor. So sad to lose such great talent with no warning for his family, friends and fans to say goodbye. I hate that thought. Jeff also did a video series teaching some of his drum techniques. You can find a lot of them on Youtube, here is a quick one, love his style, and what a cutie he was.
Toto - Hold the Line