Bobby Kimball

Robert Troy Kimball (born March 29, 1947) is an American singer, best known as the original and longtime frontman of the rock band Toto.[1]

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Kimball live in 2007
Background information
Birth nameRobert Troy Kimball
Also known as"Robert Toteaux"
BornMarch 29, 1947 (age 72)
Orange, Texas, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, musician
Years active1962–present
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life

Kimball was raised in Vinton, Louisiana, but was born in nearby Orange, Texas, as Vinton did not have a hospital. Kimball started singing as a child, dabbling on vocals and playing piano and acoustic guitar in a musical household throughout his youth - mostly covering and performing 1950s and 60's R&B hits, 1800's Traditional Olde Tyme music; as well as rare local Swamp pop and Cajun folk songs, typical of Louisiana. His parents were extremely supportive of his hobby of performing music and his musical talents; and devoted much interest in his opportunity to become a professional musician as full-time career by adulthood. He is of English, Cajun French, Welsh and Jewish ancestry. He graduated from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1969. Throughout the 1970s, Kimball performed as the vocalist in various New Orleans-area bands, including The Levee Band, which became LeRoux after Kimball left.

Career success

In 1974, Kimball moved from Louisiana to Los Angeles, California to pursue a full-time music career. In California, he joined three members of Three Dog Night to form a band called S.S. Fools. They released one album on CBS Records, which was considered a commercial failure, causing the band to be dropped from their label and to split up within a year and a half. In 1976, David Paich and Jeff Porcaro asked Kimball to join them with three other session musicians, who would eventually form Toto. He submitted a self-penned audition song for the band: "You Are the Flower", which he had written for his daughter[2] and was later included on Toto's debut album. Paich and Porcaro were impressed by Kimball's bluesy and long-ranged vocal style and offered him the job of vocalist and songwriter. The pair liked Kimball's ability to sing in an R&B style and to fuse it with hard rock and jazz, which was characteristic and attributed to his Louisiana origins.

Kimball made a variety of sandwiches for the band during recording sessions, something he has stated in interviews he is very proud of. Kimball performed on the first four studio albums by Toto, though roughly half the songs the band recorded during this period (including a comparable share of their hits) featured other members of the group on lead vocals instead of Kimball. He was asked to leave the band in 1984 during the sessions for the Isolation album, due to internal conflicts and creative differences within the band as well as rumored drug use that was hurting his voice. In the late 1990s, on good terms with his former bandmates, Kimball was asked to rejoin Toto, which he again accepted.

A longstanding urban legend holds that the band named itself 'Toto' after Kimball's "real" name, "Robert Toteaux." This story was actually an in-joke perpetuated by Toto's original bassist, David Hungate - due to Kimball's home-state of Louisiana and his Cajun heritage. According to Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, the real reason for this choice of band name was that Toto was "Just a really simple (unpretentious) name: easy to remember and easily identifiable, in any language."[3]

After Toto

After splitting from Toto in 1984,[4] Bobby Kimball relocated to Germany for a solo career under producer Frank Farian of the Far Corporation.[5]

Kimball also continued to work as a session artist, singing background vocals with a trio composed of Michael McDonald from The Doobie Brothers and Bill Champlin of Chicago. Kimball was nearly asked by the band to return to Toto during 1989–1990 to record songs for the band's greatest hits album, Past to Present 1977–1990, only to be replaced by singer Jean-Michel Byron (a decision said to have derived from Sony, the band's record company at the time).[6] Byron was let go shortly thereafter, and guitarist-vocalist Steve Lukather took over Toto's primary lead vocal duties from 1991 to 1999.[6] After leaving the band, Kimball released the live album Classic Toto Hits in late 1990, in which he performed various Toto songs from over the years.[5] He recorded the album with the Frankfurt Rock Orchestra.[5] In 1994, Kimball released his first solo album Rise Up,[5] featuring the single "Woodstock".[5]

Return to Toto

In 1998, Kimball rejoined Toto. The band then returned to the studio to record Mindfields. Toto toured in support of Mindfields throughout 1999 and 2000. In late 1999, the band released the live album Livefields. In 1999, Kimball released his second solo album All I Ever Needed, with the single "Kristine".[5] In 2002, Toto released a covers album Through the Looking Glass. In February 2006, Toto released Falling in Between, their first studio album of new material since 1999; however, it was announced in June 2008 that the band members had gone separate ways. Kimball is currently hosting his own website where he offers vocal advice to aspiring singers.[7]

During 2007, Kimball was involved in the Pink Floyd tribute album Pigs and Pyramids, An All Star Lineup Performing the Songs of Pink Floyd. His contribution Have a Cigar also appeared on the other great Pink Floyd tribute album that year, Pink Box: Songs of Pink Floyd.

Latest activities

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Bobby Kimball in December 2013

Kimball provided additional backing vocals on the song, "Caroline," on the 2006 Chicago album, XXX.

Kimball has toured and done concerts with many of his friends' bands around the world. In January 2010, he did fourteen concerts in Germany on the "Rock Meets Classic" Tour with the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague, featuring Philipp Maier as Conductor and Music Arranger. The singers with Kimball on this tour were Lou Gramm, the original lead vocalist of Foreigner, and Dan McCafferty, from the band Nazareth.

On May 16, 2010, at the LMHOF Louisiana Music Homecoming in Erwinville, Louisiana, Bobby Kimball was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Kimball recorded a progressive rock album in 2010 entitled Elements under the band name Yoso with former Yes members Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood. Kimball recorded the 2011 album Kimball/Jamison with Jimi Jamison.

In July 2011, Kimball toured Ireland with an emerging Irish band, Shadowplay.[8] The tour visited Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Sligo, concluding in a headline performance at The Buncrana Music Festival, Ireland's largest not-for-profit music event.

In November 2012, Kimball toured South America. The tour included Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Peru.

In March 2013, Kimball was a special guest vocalist with the Raiding the Rock Vault classic rock tribute show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In May 2014, in Genoa, at the FIM - Fiera Internazionale della Musica, Kimball obtained from the director of the event Verdiano Vera, the FIM Award 2014 - Legend of Rock - Best Voice.

In February 2015, he represented the United States at the LVI International Song Festival in Viña del Mar, Chile, with the song "Living Your Life for Happiness".

In late 2016, Bobby released a solo album, We're Not In Kansas Anymore,[9] and the same year, music website No Echo featured Kimball on their "Best Male AOR Singers" list.[10] He has also done some guest appearances on numerous bands' recordings of late. He has also sung the choruses on the song "Tomorrow" for American progressive rock band Hearafter.


Solo albums

  • Rise Up (1994)
  • All I Ever Needed (1999)
  • We're Not In Kansas Anymore (2016)

Live albums

  • Classic Toto Hits with The Frankfurt Rock Orchestra (1990)

Compilation albums

  • Tribute to Ray Charles with The hr Bigband (1993)
  • Mysterious Sessions (2017)

with S. S. Fools

  • S. S. Fools (1976)

with Toto

with Far Corporation

  • Division One (1985)
  • Solitude (1994)

with Yoso

  • Elements (2010)

with Kimball/Jamison


  1. ^ "Official TOTO Website - TEncyclopedia". 1947-03-29. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  2. ^ Hernandez, Dr. Alan Carlos (2017). "Sunday Interview: The Voice of Toto, Bobby Kimball." Herald de Paris July 16, 2017. Retrieved 10-27-2017.
  3. ^ [1] Archived January 18, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "TOTO flies high on tour". 7 May 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Bobby Kimball". Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  6. ^ a b "Interviews: Steve Lukather". Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  7. ^ "bobbykimball". bobbykimball. 2014-03-09. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2011-12-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ We're Not In Kansas Anymore
  10. ^ Best Male AOR Singers feature on

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1978 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1978 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the college football 1978 NCAA Division I-A season. Oklahoma Sooners football participated in the former Big Eight Conference at that time and played its home games in Oklahoma Memorial Stadium where it has played its home games since 1923. The team posted an 11–1 overall record and a 6–1 conference record to earn a share of the conference title under head coach Barry Switzer. This was Switzer's sixth conference title in six seasons since taking the helm in 1973.The team was led by All-Americans Billy Sims (who won the Heisman Trophy), Daryl Hunt, Reggie Kinlaw, and Greg Roberts, The Sooners started the season with nine consecutive wins before losing to Nebraska. During the season, OU faced ranked opponents four times (#14 Missouri, #6 Texas, and #4 & #6 Nebraska); four different opponents finished the season ranked. Its only defeat came against Nebraska in their regular season match. The Sooners were able to avenge that loss as an at-large selection to the Orange Bowl against conference co-champions Nebraska, who had claimed the automatic berth by virtue of their victory over OU.Sims led the nation in scoring with 132 points (based on per game average of 10.9, which includes 120 in 11 games). Sims led the team in rushing with a record-setting 1896 yards, Thomas Lott led the team in passing with 487 yards, Bobby Kimball led the team in receiving with 207 yards, Hunt led the team with 157 tackles and Darrol Ray posted 8 interceptions.The 5001 yards rushing remain second in Oklahoma football history behind the 1971 team's 5635. The defense set the school's all-time record with 28 interceptions and tied the record of 50 forced turnovers. Daryl Hunt set the school record for career tackles. Billy Sims became the only Sooner to post four 200-yard games in a season. Sims' 1896 yards stood as the Sooner record until Adrian Peterson posted 1925 in 2004.Billy Sims became the sixth junior to win the Heisman Trophy. Sims was the nation's leading rusher and scorer for 1978. He averaged 160.1 yards and 10.9 points. He set the Big Eight Conference single season rushing record of 1,762 yards on 231 carries for an average of 7.6 yards. Sims was the only back in the nation's top 50 to average 7.0 per carry, and became the first player in Big Eight history to rush for more than 300 yards in three straight games.

American Pastime

American Pastime is the fourteenth album by American rock band Three Dog Night, released in 1976. Their only studio album not to feature the band's founding vocalists (Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, and Cory Wells) backed up by their long-time band, with some exceptions. It sold poorly and the band broke up in August 1976. Michael Allsup and Floyd Sneed had left the band in late 1974 to form their own group SS Fools, with former Three Dog Night member Joe Schermie, Stan Seymore, Wayne DeVillier, Bobby Kimball, and Jon Smith, to little success. Danny Hutton was fired from TDN in late 1975, and was not present for any of the recording. "Mellow Down", the song Hutton sings lead on, was recorded long before the album was released, and is likely an extra track from a previous album, such as Coming Down Your Way or Hard Labor. He was replaced by Jay Gruska.

Bobby Kimball (American football)

Bobby Kimball (born Robert Lund Kimball) is a former wide receiver in the National Football League. He was a member of the Green Bay Packers for two seasons.

Far Corporation

Far Corporation were a British band created by record producer Frank Farian, who created the bands Boney M. and Milli Vanilli. The name was shortened from "Frank Farian Corporation", which was originally put together to record a cover of the Paul Simon piece "Mother and Child Reunion" as a charity record and reached the top 10 in several European countries. That group's lineup included members of Barclay James Harvest, Toto, Boney M and Force Majeure.

Far Corporation's primary claim to fame is their cover of "Stairway to Heaven". Contrary to public perception, Far Corporation was actually the first group to make the singles charts with this song as Led Zeppelin had never released it as a single. In fact, it was the only version of the song that charted on the US Billboard Hot 100, reaching #89 in 1985. Some of the musicians Farian assembled included vocalist Robin McAuley, vocalist Henry Gorman, drummer Simon Phillips and three members of Toto: vocalist Bobby Kimball, keyboardist David Paich, and guitarist Steve Lukather. Far Corporation released its first album Division One in 1985 on IMP/ATCO Records and their cover of "Stairway to Heaven" reached #8 on the UK Singles Chart. It also reached #9 in Ireland and the following year peaked at #16 in South Africa.Also included on the album was a cover of Free's "Fire and Water" (their second single).A second album, Advantage was completed for a 1987 release, heralded by the new single "One by One". Both this as well as the second single - a cover of Cockney Rebel's "Sebastian" - failed to reach the charts, and the album was eventually scrapped. Two of the lost recordings, "Make Believe" and "Big Brother", surfaced as Bobby Kimball duets on Farian artist Jayne (Collins)'s Ambush in the Night album (1989) and Milli Vanilli's second album The Moment of Truth (1991). The rest was recycled along with a few new recordings on the group's second release, 1994's Solitude on MCI-BMG. This time they were joined by former Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham. Mostly assembled in honour of Farian's 25 years anniversary as a producer, the album failed to repeat the success of "Stairway to Heaven".

Hold the Line

"Hold the Line" is a song by the American rock band Toto. The song was written by the band's keyboardist David Paich, and the lead vocals were performed by Bobby Kimball. The song was released as the band's debut single, and was featured on their debut 1978 eponymous album. The song was a huge success in the U.S.; it reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the winter of 1978–79, and number 14 on the official UK chart.

I'll Supply the Love

"I'll Supply the Love" is a song written by David Paich and recorded by Toto, with a lead vocal by Bobby Kimball. It was issued on Toto's debut album, Toto, and released as a single in February 1979. It peaked at number 45 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where it spent nine weeks on the chart.Internationally, the song was a minor hit in both Australia (#92) and Canada (#73), but did best in New Zealand, where it peaked at #29."I'll Supply the Love" is also featured in the 2011 film Zookeeper.

Kimball Jamison

Kimball Jamison is a duo album from the American rock singers Jimi Jamison (Survivor) and Bobby Kimball (Toto), released in October 14, 2011 by Frontiers Records.

The album was produced by German bassist, singer and music producer Mat Sinner (Primal Fear) from Stuttgart. Jamison and Kimball finished the lead vocal recordings in Los Angeles while the instrumental part was recorded in Germany. The songs on the album, which became the highlight of 2011 in the melodic rock scene, were written by several songwriters such as Richard Page (Mr Mister), Randy Goodrum (Toto, Steve Perry), Robert Sall (Work of Art) , John Waite, Jim Peterik and other famous and successful songwriters of the rock scene selected.

List of Toto band members

Toto is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1977, the group's original lineup included lead vocalist Bobby Kimball, guitarist and vocalist Steve Lukather, keyboardist and vocalist David Paich, bassist David Hungate, keyboardist Steve Porcaro and drummer Jeff Porcaro. The current lineup features constant members Lukather and Paich, original member Steve Porcaro (who rejoined in 2010, after leaving in 1987), and lead vocalist Joseph Williams (who originally joined in 1986, and rejoined in 2010). The band also tours with several additional musicians, currently bassist Shem von Schroeck (since 2017), drummer Shannon Forrest (since 2014), percussionist Lenny Castro (since 2015, and originally from 1979 to 1987) and saxophonist Warren Ham (since 2017, and originally from 1986 to 1988).

Live in Amsterdam (Toto album)

25th Anniversary: Live in Amsterdam is a live album by Toto, released in 2003, in the 25th anniversary of the band. This is the last Toto live album to feature keyboardist/vocalist David Paich before his retirement from touring in 2005 and before his return to the band in 2010. And also the last live album to feature bassist Mike Porcaro before his retirement from touring due to a ALS 4 years later and his death on March 15th, 2015.

Lou Molino III

Louis Molino III (known as Lou Molino; born in Philadelphia) is an American drummer. He is best known for many years working with Trevor Rabin. He was also a member of Cock Robin and Yoso with Bobby Kimball, Billy Sherwood, Tony Kaye and Jimmy Haun.

His first major band was Cock Robin, who released their debut album in 1985. He met and began working with Paul De Villiers and, through him, met and began working with Rabin, appearing with him live, on his solo albums Can't Look Away and Live in LA, and on his more recent soundtrack work.

Molino has also played with Julian Lennon (Help Yourself), Kenny Loggins and Kim Mitchell.

Since October 2016, Molino has toured with Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman.

Michael Allsup

Michael Rand Allsup (born March 8, 1947) is an American guitarist, best known as a member of the rock and roll group Three Dog Night.

Allsup's parents were originally from Oklahoma, but relocated to the small town of Empire, California. Allsup became interested in the guitar in his teens and started his musical career by playing in a dance band with some friends from high school. He played in numerous local bands before relocating to Los Angeles in 1968, where he met a trio of vocalists (Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, and Cory Wells), who had a recording contract with Dunhill Records and were looking for backing musicians. Allsup joined their new band, Three Dog Night, which became successful in the late 1960s thru the mid 1970s. Allsup left the band in early-mid 1975 to form his own group, SS Fools, with former Three Dog Night members Joe Schermie and Floyd Sneed, along with Stan Seymore, Wayne DeVillier, Bobby Kimball, and Jon Smith, to little success. Today, he currently tours with Three Dog Night, being the only other original member currently in the band's lineup other than Danny Hutton.


Mindfields is the 10th studio album (though counted as the 11th album overall — see Toto XIV) by the American rock band Toto. It was released on November 16, 1999. Mindfields saw the return of vocalist Bobby Kimball, who had departed the band following the 1982 album Toto IV.

Stranger in Town (Toto song)

"Stranger in Town" is a hit song by American rock band Toto from their 1984 album Isolation.

It was the first single released from that album, reaching the Top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1984. The song was the band's highest-ever charting Mainstream Rock track, eventually peaking at number 7. It was also a Top 40 single in Australia, where it remains the fourth highest charting single by Toto, behind only "Hold the Line", "Rosanna", and "Africa". The song was written by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro, and features Paich on lead vocals. Though Bobby Kimball is officially credited as a guest musician on the album, having been fired from Toto, "Stranger in Town" was recorded while he was still a member of the group.

The music video (filmed in black and white and directed by Steve Barron) and lyrics to the song are based on the film Whistle Down The Wind, about an escaped convict who runs into a group of children that mistake him for Jesus. Actor Brad Dourif plays the convict, and new member Fergie Frederiksen appears as a murder victim. Dourif and Toto would also work on the movie Dune that same year. The band only appears briefly in the music video at the 2 minute 30 second mark of the song. In 1985, the video was nominated at the MTV Music Video Awards for Best Direction.The song was performed live during the 1985 Isolation tour as well as during the first leg of the subsequent Fahrenheit tour in October-November 1986 before being dropped for the second (European) leg of the tour. It then only resurfaced in the band's live set in 2015-16 (on the Toto XIV tour) and again in 2018 (40 Trips around the Sun tour).

This Fall

This Fall is a studio album by Joseph Williams released in 2008, the first containing new original material since 1997's 3.

Initially released by WHD in Japan, it is also available through Music Taste on iTunes and CD Baby.

Like earlier solo albums by Williams, it was produced with the help of several Toto members - Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Bobby Kimball - co-writing songs, playing and providing backing vocals. His brother Mark T. Williams was also involved in this project. His daughter Hannah Ruick is also featured on this album.

Toto (band)

Toto is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Los Angeles. The band's current lineup consists of Joseph Williams (lead vocals), David Paich (keyboards, vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Steve Lukather (guitars, vocals), plus touring members Lenny Castro (percussion), Warren Ham (saxophone), Shem von Schroeck (bass) and Shannon Forrest (drums). Toto is known for a musical style that combines elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B, blues, and jazz.

Paich and Jeff Porcaro had played together as session musicians on several albums and decided to form a band. David Hungate, Lukather, Porcaro, and Bobby Kimball were recruited before the first album release. The band enjoyed great commercial success in the late 1970s and 1980s, beginning with the band's eponymous debut released in 1978. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Toto IV (1982), Toto became one of the best-selling music groups of their era.

Widely known for the Top 5 hits "Hold the Line", "Rosanna", and "Africa", the makeup of the group continues to evolve. Hungate left in 1982; Kimball left in 1984, but rejoined the band in 1998, leaving again in 2008. Jeff Porcaro died in 1992 of a heart attack. Hungate rejoined Toto as a touring musician and later a band member. In 2008, Lukather announced his departure from the band, and the remaining band members later went their separate ways. In the summer of 2010, Toto reformed and went on a short European tour, with a new lineup, to benefit Mike Porcaro, who had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and was no longer an active member of the band. He died in 2015.The band has released 17 studio albums, and has sold over 40 million records worldwide. The group has been honored with several Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.

Toto XX

Toto XX: 1977-1997 is a studio album by Toto to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The album features rare original demos, outtakes, previously unreleased recordings and live tracks from the band's 20-year career.

The first single released, "Goin' Home" was recorded during Bobby Kimball's brief first reunion with the band in 1989, prior to the record company's decision to replace him with new lead singer Jean-Michel Byron. The song had later been recorded by the band's then former singer Joseph Williams and released on his 1997 album 3.

Wet (album)

Wet is an album released by Barbra Streisand in 1979. The album is a concept album of sorts with all the songs referring to, or expressing different interpretations of, water. Wet is also the first and the last word sung on the album.

The album was a major success for Barbra Streisand, due largely to the album's No. 1 hit single, "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)", a duet with American disco singer Donna Summer which underwent a retitling and change of emphasis in order to qualify under the water theme.

The third track on the album, "Splish Splash", is Barbra Streisand's cover of the Bobby Darin classic, which featured background vocals by Toto lead singer Bobby Kimball.

World Classic Rockers

World Classic Rockers (or WCR) is a rock supergroup that was founded in 1995 by Nick St. Nicholas of Steppenwolf. St. Nicholas has toured with the band since its inception, which, in similar fashion to Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, rotates its lineup depending on the contributing musicians' projects at a given time.

WCR performed for the first time in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 10, 1995 with St. Nicholas, Bobby Kimball of Toto, and Joey Molland of Badfinger with Richard Ward, Rosilee, Mike Younce, and Kurt Griffey in the backing band. The three joined Mike Pinera and his Classic Rock All-Stars in putting together a live show for the Harley-Davidson Toys for Tots Run.


Yoso (originally to be called AKA) was a short-lived American rock supergroup combining former members of Yes (Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood) and Toto (Bobby Kimball). It is a spin-off from the group CIRCA:.

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