Miss Sun

Album: Hits! (1980)
Charted: 14
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  • This is the song that got Toto a record deal, although it was Boz Scaggs who ended up recording it. In 1977, David Paich wrote "Miss Sun" and teamed up with fellow session musicians Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather and David Hungate to record it as a demo. Adding Steve Porcaro and Bobby Kimball, they landed a deal with Columbia Records, but when they released their first (self-titled) album in 1978, "Miss Sun" didn't make the cut.

    Paich, Porcaro, Lukather and Hungate continued their session work even as they recorded with Toto, and in 1980, Boz Scaggs brought them in to record "Miss Sun" for his Hits! compilation album. Released as a single, it was one of his most successful songs, climbing to #14 in America. On this release, Scaggs is listed as a songwriter along with Paich.
  • Many of Toto's songs deal with the strains of love. In "Miss Sun," the singer is nearly eclipsed when the moon (his hubris) gets in the way. David Paich said the song is "about a young man who chased his dream and almost let love slip through his fingers."
  • The Toto version wasn't released until 1998, when the original demo was included on their album Toto XX.
  • Toto played this live for the first time on their 40 Trips Around The Sun tour in 2018, which marked the 40th anniversary of the band. Their performance on March 17, 2018 in Amsterdam was recorded for a live album and DVD called 40 Tours Around The Sun.

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  • Gregory Weston from 11704This song is a signature piece for Boz. "Miss Sun" never grows old.
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