Remembering Jeff Porcaro

Remembering Jeff Porcaro (04/01/1954-08/05/1992)

jeff-porcaro-thumb(Photo Credit : unknown photographer (from Drumlessons.com)

Today would be Jeff Porcaro’s 60th birthday and I was going through YouTube to find some more info on him. Jeff has and will always be one of my absolute favorite drummers of all time. His groove is undeniable and the world of music is a better place for him leaving us his body of work to study and enjoy. There is a ‘lightness’ in his snare and hi-hat playing that nobody to this day has ever been able to re-produce or copy.

“Arguably the most highly regarded studio drummer in rock from the mid-’70s to the early ’90s”, Jeff was a member of Steely Dan and super group Toto and played on countless recordings of some of the world’s best known artists.

To this day there are still a lot of rumors and discussions about the cause of his death and I for one don’t really care what the real reason was (although I tend to believe Steve Lukather), I am just deeply saddened that it happened and we lost this incredible musician 22 years ago. From everything I have ever heard he was also a great human being which only adds to his legacy. Drummers all around the world have been and will be influenced by Jeff Porcaro’s work.

When I started to get really serious about playing bass, Toto albums were my food for inspiration and there was always something new to learn from the Masters. I’d like to think that my meter training was done in part by Jeff Porcaro because I jammed to his drumming a lot. Unfortunately I never got to meet him but I have always felt a strange connection to the way he played. On my attempt to learn how to play the drums, “Rosanna” was one of the first tunes I wanted to play.

My thoughts today are with the whole Porcaro family (especially Jeff’s brother Mike who is battling ALS a/k/a Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Jeff’s extended Toto family (Steve Lukather, David Paich, David Hungate, Bobby Kimball, the late Fergie Frederiksen, Joseph Williams, Jean-Michael Byron, Greg Phillinganes, Simon Phillips, Keith Carlock, Shannon Forrest, Nathan East and Leland Sklar).

Jeff Porcaro will live on forever …… in countless drummers and admirers around the world !

“Our Love Doesn’t End Here, It Lives Forever On The Wings Of Time”
(inscription on Jeff’s tombstone)

April 1st, 2014 – Robert DiBlanco


Here are some cool links that I found relating to Jeff Porcaro:

Drumlessons.com – Who is Jeff Porcaro
Musician’s Institute in the 80’s
The Jeff Porcaro Half-Time Shuffle (Rosanna)
Mushanga – Jeff Porcaro
Jeff Porcaro Interview (1990)
Jeff Porcaro Interview (1988)
Toto Interview (1988)
Steve Lukather on Jeff Porcaro
Mike Porcaro talks about his brother Jeff
Toto talks bout Jeff Porcaro (Nov 1992)
Jim Keltner’s thoughts on Jeff Porcaro
Michael Thompson on Jeff Porcaro
John Robinson on Jeff Porcaro
Bill Schnee on Jeff Porcaro
In the studio with Toto
WikiPedia: Jeff Porcaro
A fan’s Jeff Porcaro Blog
A Jeff Porcaro Tribute Movie
Jeff Porcaro (1954-1992)

Special Thanks to Leland Sklar for keeping the memory of his groove buddy alive and in all of our minds ๐Ÿ˜‰