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"Toto's "Africa" Hit Number 1 Exactly 35 Years Ago, May It Live Forever


It's gonna take a lot to drag us away from the most influential soft rock classic of all time, which topped Billboard on February 5, 1983.


Immortality is the one true goal of art and of humanity; to create something that will outlast one's physical and mental existence. Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro died in 1992, and though several of his contributions have entered the groove hall of fame ("Lowdown" by Boz Scaggs still slaps), his intro to "Africa" may be the one that provokes the most feelings today, long after his passing. The song was Toto's only number one hit on the Billboard charts, and it achieved that milestone on February 5, 1983. In the precisely 35 years since then, nations and movements have risen and fallen. Yet, "Africa" remains. Why?..."


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