Rosanna – Toto

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………..on January 25th of 1981 Toto records “Rosanna” for their upcoming album “Toto IV”. This song got its name from the actress Rosanna Arquette, who was dating Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro at the time. Porcaro didn’t write the song – it was written by Toto leader David Paich, who was always looking for good ideas for lyrics. In an interview with Paich, he explained: “‘Rosanna’ was about a high school love, one of my first loves, but I just tagged another Rosanna’s name on there because she was going at the time with Steve Porcaro, my best friend. He had just met her and was looking to title a song with her name, and it just fit perfectly for that song right there. So it’s got her name on it, but it’s really about another high school sweetheart, which is how songs happen sometimes.” Steve Porcaro and Rosanna Arquette broke up not long after this song was released. It would not be the last time Arquette dated a musician: she had a turbulent relationship with Peter Gabriel in the early ’90s, and in 2007, she went on some dates with Paul McCartney. This song caused some justifiable confusion, as it was written by David Paich, inspired by Steve Porcaro’s girlfriend, yet sung by lead singer Bobby Kimball. Many listeners assumed it was Kimball who was involved with Arquette. The song Rosanna peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks, behind two different songs, “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League and “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. It was also one of the band’s most successful singles in the UK, peaking at No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart and remaining on the chart for eight weeks.