Singer who was the first frontman for the rock band Toto, known for the hit song "Africa"; he also pursued a solo career while away from Toto.
He began as a vocalist for local New Orleans bands, such as The Levee Band and, later, Le Roux.
He wrote "You Are the Flower" for his audition with Toto; it ended up being included on their debut album.
He was born in Orange, Texas, but his parents resided in Vinton, Louisiana. Vinton did not have a hospital, so his mother had to cross state lines to give birth.
He parted ways with Toto in 1984 and was replaced by Steve Lukather, only to rejoin the band in 1998.