Joe Porcaro

Date of Birth: April 29, 1930

Place of Birth: New Britain, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Death: July 6, 2020

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Italian

Joe Porcaro was an American jazz drummer and percussionist.

His parents, Concetta (Ciccariello) and Giuseppe Porcara (later Joseph Thomas Porcaro), were Italian emigrants, from Brianza, Province of Monza and Brianza, Lombardy, and San Luca, Province of Reggio Calabria, respectively. He was married to Eileen Frances Linnell, with whom he had four children, musicians Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro, and Steve Porcaro, all of whom were part of rock band Toto; and actress Joleen Porcaro Duddy. His grandchildren, Chase Duddy and Paige Duddy, formed electronic duo XYLØ.

Joe’s paternal grandfather was Francesco Saverio Porcara (the son of Francescantonio Porcara and Antonia Pollifroni).

Joe’s paternal grandmother was Elisabetta Maria Alvaro (the daughter of Giuseppe Alvaro and Maria Giorgi).

Joe’s maternal grandfather was named Domenico Ciccariello.

Joe’s maternal grandmother was named Maria di Nosia.

Sources: Genealogy of Joe Porcaro –

Obituary of Joe’s brother –

Birth record of Joe’s father –

Marriage record of Joe’s paternal grandparents, Francesco Saverio Porcara and Elisabetta Maria Alvaro –

1 Response

  1. andrew says:

    @ manila

    How do you know that Joe’s mother was from Brianza (in Lombardy)? Concetta Ciccariello is a Southern Italian name.

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