Joe Porcaro

Joe Porcaro (born April 29, 1930) is an American jazz drummer.

Porcaro has recorded with Natalie Cole, Don Ellis, Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, Gladys Knight, Madonna, The Monkees, Gerry Mulligan, Pink Floyd, Howard Roberts, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, and Sarah Vaughan. He has done film scores with James Newton Howard, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Danny Elfman, John Frizzell and his son Steve Porcaro. With educator and drummer Ralph Humphrey, he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) in Pasadena, California, which is now called the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM).

His three sons were in the rock band Toto: drummer Jeff Porcaro (1954–1992), bassist Mike Porcaro (1955–2015), and keyboardist Steve Porcaro (b. 1957). Joe appeared on every Toto album from Turn Back through Kingdom of Desire, including Toto IV. He has a daughter, Joleen Porcaro Duddy, whose children, Chase and Paige Duddy, formed the electronic duo XYLO.

Porcaro has led a group with Emil Richards, a native of Hartford who plays vibraphone and collects percussion instruments from around the world.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 29th, 1930 (Hartford)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 104872 4/24/1958 Swanee river Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 104873 4/23/1958 Opus one Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 104874 4/24/1958 Hawaiian war chant Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 104875 4/24/1958 I'm gettin' sentimental over you Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 105015 5/26/1958 Satan takes a holiday Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 105016 5/26/1958 Swingin' on nothin' Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 105017 5/26/1958 Liebestraum Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 105018 5/26/1958 Easy does it Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 105019 5/26/1958 The dipsy doodle Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Porcaro, Joe," accessed September 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338139.

Porcaro, Joe. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338139.

"Porcaro, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 September 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338139

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