Steve Lukather Names His Favorite Sessions

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Did you know that Toto's Steve Lukather also played on number-one hits by Olivia Newton-John and Michael Jackson?

With Toto celebrating its 40th anniversary and Lukather about to publish his memoir, USA Today asked the guitarist to name his name his favorite recordings.

Not surprisingly, Toto's "Rosanna" is on top. He says, "This song defines what our band really is all about. It's all there, multiple singers, solos, grooves and subtle stuff."

But he also mentioned Olivia's "Physical" and Michael Jackson's "Beat It" among his guest gigs. He admits he "laughed when I heard the lyric" to Newton-John's smash. "But I went for it, and it was a huge '80s single most people don't know I played on." It's a similar story with "Beat It," where Luke "played all the guitars and the bass... Yes, Eddie Van Halen played the solo, but I did everything else."

Lukather also notes his contributions to George Benson's "Turn Your Love Around," Michael McDonald's "I Keep Forgetting" and Lionel Richie's "Running With the Night."

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