On this day in music history: October 15, 1978 - The eponymously titled debut album by Toto is released. Produced by Toto, it is recorded at Studio 55, Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA, and Davlen Sound Studios in North Hollywood, CA from May - September 1978. Having previously established themselves as prominent LA studio musicians, the band will be signed to Columbia Records. Critics will react negatively to their first effort calling them “faceless” and “formulaic”, but the public loves the record from the start. It will spin off three singles including their first top 10 hit “Hold The Line” (#5 Pop), with the band also scoring a surprise reverse crossover hit with “Georgy Porgy” (#48 Pop, #18 R&B), when the single becomes an airplay favorite on black radio stations and in clubs due in part to it featuring background vocals by singer Cheryl Lynn (several members of Toto played on her debut album and was co-produced by David Paich). In 1991, rapper MC Lyte will sample the track for her hit single “Poor Georgie”. The album also earn them a Grammy Nomination for Best New Artist. “Toto” will peak at #9 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.