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Net Worth$50 million dollars
Date Of BirthJune 25, 1954
FactFounding member of the band Toto.

David Paich is an American musician, singer, and songwriter best known as a founding member and the primary keyboardist, singer, and composer of the rock band Toto. He has also worked as a session musician, producer, and arranger with a wide variety of artists. Paich was born in Los Angeles, California, on June 25, 1954, the son of Shirley (née Friedman) and Harold Paich. His father was a big band leader and session musician who played piano and organ. His mother was a classically trained pianist. Paich has two younger brothers, Jeff and Steve. Paich was exposed to a wide range of music at an early age. He began taking piano lessons at age five and also learned to play the drums. He attended Grant High School in Van Nuys, where he was a member of the school’s concert and marching bands. He later attended UCLA, where he studied music theory and composition.

Paich began his professional career in the early 1970s as a session musician in Los Angeles. He played on a number of recordings by artists such as Boz Scaggs, Steely Dan, and Jerry Garcia. He also played on the soundtracks of films such as The Sting and Jaws. In 1976, he co-founded the rock band Toto with his childhood friend Steve Lukather. The band’s debut album, Toto, was released in 1978 and was a commercial and critical success. The album included the hit singles “Hold the Line” and “Africa”, which remain two of the band’s best-known songs. Toto went on to release a string of successful albums throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including 1982’s Toto IV, which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Paich has also worked as a producer and arranger for other artists. He produced Toto’s 1989 album The Seventh One and co-produced their 1992 album Kingdom of Desire. He has also produced albums for artists such as Ricky Martin and Michael Jackson. In addition to his work with Toto, Paich has also released several solo albums. His most recent album, Transition, was released in 2013.

Paich has been married twice. His first marriage was to actress/model Meryl Marshall from 1982 to 1988. They had two children together: a son, Dylan, and a daughter, Sara. Paich married his second wife, Paige O’Hara, in 1995. They have two children together: a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Lily.

Paich is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has won four Grammy Awards and has been nominated for nineteen others.

General Info

Full NameDavid Paich
Net Worth$50 million dollars
Date Of BirthJune 25, 1954
ProfessionRecord producer, Keyboard Player, Composer, Music Arranger, Singer, Songwriter, Africa, We Are the World, Hold The Line


ParentsMarty Paich


AwardsGrammy Award for Best R&B Song, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics, Grammy Award for Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices, Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Song Or Theme, Africa, We Are the World, Hold The L...
NominationsGrammy Award for Song of the Year

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1There's still time. I've told Peter Gabriel and met Sting. I've sent out some feelers. I feel like an eager young kid.... 'If someone can't make it or someone gets sick, tell them to call me!' I've actually done that, believe it or not.
2There's still a couple I'd like to work with that are still on my bucket list. One is The Rolling Stones - I've been a fan forever, and I'd just fit in perfect with that band.
3When Rosanna got record of the year, which was a song very close to my heart, Elton John was the first guy in the audience who stood up and applauded. Elton John, to me, is on the level of The Beatles as far as talent and the legacy he's left. To be respected by even one person of that caliber filled my heart and just validated us in front of everybody.
4We're very sensitive when we get bad reviews. I try to brush them off, but we take them very personal. Over the years we've tried to let it roll off our back. We realize we can't please everybody, but the fact we've been around 35 years and people still enjoy our music says something.
5Now, music seems to be very slick and very produced on computers. Our music now is on the raw side, on The Rolling Stones side. We're a bit looser, and the kids look at us like The Rolling Stones now because we're not auto-tuning the vocals and quantizing the drums and all this stuff. We call it actual reality, not virtual reality. We actually play!


1Founding member of the band Toto.
2Son of composer-arranger Marty Paich



Two of a Kind1983producer: "The Perfect One"
First Blood1982arranger: "It's a Long Road"
Personal Best1982writer: "It's Over" - as D. Paich
The Last Married Couple in America1980writer: "Got to Be Real"
Top of the Pops1977-1979TV Series writer - 5 episodes
WKRP in Cincinnati1979TV Series writer - 1 episode
FM1978writer: "Lido Shuffle"
Looking for Mr. Goodbar1977writer: "Lowdown" 1976
Saturday Night Live1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
IronsideTV Series 3 episodes, 1972 - 1974 writer - 3 episodes, 1972 - 1973 lyrics - 2 episodes, 1973 music - 2 episodes, 1973 performer - 1 episode, 1973
That Man Bolt1973lyrics: "That'll Be Never" / music: "That'll Be Never"
South Park2015-2016TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015-2016TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Tähdet, tähdet2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Stranger Things2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Coronation Street2016TV Series writer - 2 episodes
A Hologram for the King2016lyrics: "Got To Be Real" / music: "Got To Be Real"
Scandal2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ray Donovan2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain2015Video Game writer: "Africa"
Mistress America2015writer: "Rosanna"
The D Train2015writer: "Lowdown Re-Record" - as David F. Paich
Night at the Museum 32014writer: "Got to Be Real"
Horrible Bosses 22014writer: "Hold The Line"
Vestido Pra Casar2014writer: "Got To Be Real"
Halt and Catch Fire2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Balls Out2014writer: "We Made It"
Great American Rock Anthems: Turn It Up to 112013TV Movie documentary writer: "Hold The Line", "Africa"
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues2013writer: "Lowdown" - as David F. Paich
American Horror Story2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Newsroom2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011-2013TV Series writer - 17 episodes
L'écume des jours2013writer: "Lowdown"
Toto: Hold the Line2013Video short writer: "Hold the Line"
The Middle2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor Philippines2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Voice2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland2012TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Joyful Noise2012writer: "Lowdown"
The Dukes of September Live at Lincoln Center2012TV Movie documentary writer: "Miss Sun", "Lowdown", "Lido Shuffle"
Warrior2011writer: "Lido Shuffle" - as David F. Paich
Zookeeper2011writer: "I'll Supply the Love" - as David F. Paich
Super Bowl XLV2011TV Special writer: "Lido Shuffle" - uncredited
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Dad!2005-2010TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Community2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Needle Drop2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
MacGruber2010writer: "Rosanna"
Entourage2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols!2005-2007TV Series writer - 3 episodes
It Takes Two2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Zodiac2007writer: "Lowdown"
The Holiday2006writer: "Got to Be Real" 1978
Rite of Passage2006Short writer: "Right Part of Me"
Click2006writer: "Hold the Line" 1978
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories2006Video Game writer: "Make Believe"
Scrubs2005-2006TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Deutschland sucht den Superstar2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Pink Panther2006writer: "Got to Be Real"
Idol2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
I Love the 80's 3-D2005TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Idol2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2004Video Game writer: "Hold the Line" - as David F. Paich
Shark Tale2004writer: "Got to Be Real"
The Cookout2004writer: "Got to Be Real"
That '70s Show2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mulheres Apaixonadas2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Get Up!2003writer: "Got To Be Real"
Biker Boyz2003writer: "Tru Rider"
The Disco Ball2003TV Special writer: "Got to Be Real"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City2002Video Game writer: "Africa" - as D. Paich
Die Freunde der Freunde2002TV Movie writer: "Hold the Line" - uncredited
Undercover Brother2002writer: "Got To Be Real"
Idols2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sex and the City2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ed2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
Keeping the Faith2000writer: "Got to Be Real"
2gether2000TV Movie writer: "Rosanna"
Black & White1999/Iwriter: "Free"
Will & Grace1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
Safe Men1998writer: "Got To Be Real"
Soul Music Festival: Part IV1998TV Movie writer: "Got To Be Real" - uncredited
The Last Days of Disco1998writer: "Got to Be Real"
Al límite1997writer: "Hold the Line"
Mystery Science Theater 30001997TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mr. Wrong1996writer: "HOLD THE LINE"
Carlito's Way1993writer: "Got To Be Real"
American Heart1992performer: "Fast Blues" / writer: "Fast Blues"
Sjans1992TV Series performer - 1 episode
Il muro di gomma1991writer: "Georgy Porgy" - as D. Paich
Queens Logic1991writer: "Got to Be Real"
Paris Is Burning1990Documentary writer: "Got To Be Real" - as D. Paich
Black Rain1989producer: "I'LL BE HOLDING ON"
Shirley Valentine1989arranger: "The Girl Who Used to Be Me"
Out of Control1985writer: "She"
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song1985TV Movie documentary "We Are the World", uncredited / arranger: "We Are the World" - uncredited

Music Department

Larry Crowne2011musician: Hammond organ
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards2009TV Special conductor
Movies Rock2007TV Movie music co-arranger
Big Trouble2002musician: keyboards
Black Rain1989composer: additional music - uncredited
Michael Jackson: Bad1987Video short musician: keyboards
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song1985TV Movie documentary musician: synthesizer - uncredited
Dune1984musician: Toto


Making of Toto XIV2015Documentary short executive producer
Toto: 35th Anniversary Tour Live in Poland2014executive producer
TOTO Behind the Scenes 35th Anniversary Live in Poland Dvd-extra2014Documentary short executive producer


Toto: Past to Present 1977-19902004Video



Sound Department

Boz Scaggs: Greatest Hits Live2004Video sound producer


We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song1985TV Movie documentary special thanks


Making of Toto XIV2015Documentary shortHimself
Nathan East: For the Record2014DocumentaryHimself
Toto: 35th Anniversary Tour Live in Poland2014Himself
TOTO Behind the Scenes 35th Anniversary Live in Poland Dvd-extra2014Documentary shortHimself
Great American Rock Anthems: Turn It Up to 112013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Toto
Unsung2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story2011DocumentaryHimself
Songs2011TV SeriesHimself
Rockin' the Wall2010DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

BingoLotto2000TV SeriesThemselves


Won Awards

1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Song or ThemeIronside (1967)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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