Toby Keith
American actor and singer
Toby Keith
Toby Keith Covel best known as Toby Keith, is an American country music singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. Keith released his first four studio albums — 1993's Toby Keith, 1994's Boomtown, 1996's Blue Moon and 1997's Dream Walkin', plus a Greatest Hits package for various divisions of Mercury Records before leaving Mercury in 1998.
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Toby Keith decried as too 'political' for Naperville Ribfest
Chicago Times - 16 days
Some Naperville residents took to social media over the weekend to protest country singer Toby Keith's scheduled opening-night performance at Naperville Ribfest, calling him "polarizing" because he participated in President Donald Trump's inauguration festivities. The Exchange Club of Naperville,...
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Nearly 31 Million Viewers Watched Donald Trump’s Inauguration
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Toby Keith and Trump Light Up a Lower-Wattage Concert
New York Times - about 1 month
This year’s preinaugural concert in Washington may not be like star-studded affairs of the past, but supporters say they don’t care.
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New songs Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down wrote specifically for the inauguration
Yahoo News - about 1 month
On Friday, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States of America. And to celebrate, well, he got the top two musical acts performing today: Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down. In advance of their performances, we received the titles of some news songs they wrote specifically for the event. SEE ALSO: Here's what we imagine the schedule for Donald Trump's inauguration will look like And we know what you’re thinking, and you’re correct: they’re all bangers! Songs written and performed by Toby Keith: Image: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP "Is Being Drunk a Pre-Existing Condition?" "Not Your Grandma’s Nukes" "You Say Climate Change, I Say My Above Ground Pool’s Open Year Round" "The Only Cabinet I Give A Damn About (Is The Liquor Cabinet)" "My Girl Is Sad" "Whiskey For The Pain (Because You Lost Your Health Insurance)" "All My News Is Fake" "Everything Will Be Okay But I Speak Only For People As Wealthy As Me" "The Pivot Song (feat. Kellyanne Conway)" "My Horse Is Sad" " ...
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Fake Tickets For Trump's Inauguration Are Better Than Trump's Inauguration
Huffington Post - about 1 month
The inauguration of Donald Trump is heating up to be the must-miss show of the season, but many are clambering for tickets, even on craigslist! I thought I'd help and throw another pair in the mix and conservatives weren't intelligent enough to read between the lines and see that it was a joke. "Donald Trump's Inauguration Concert - $50" Two tickets in hand to see international musical superstars '3 Doors Down' and country singer 'Toby Keith'! Bring your camera cus this is not the crummy Obumma show with U2, Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen... Click the screenshot to read the entire listing! I know they fell for it because I called to see what sort of response it was getting. The contact number I provided is that of a Russian restaurant in Washington, D.C. I was quickly told there were no tickets, but did query on how many calls they'd received - far too many to count. Awesome! Fun tweets and replies regarding the must-miss show of the season! .@realDonaldTrump Yes ...
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Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down announced for Trump inauguration concert
CNN - about 1 month
Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down and Lee Greenwood will headline a concert for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, his inaugural committee announced Friday.
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Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down among acts announced for Trump inauguration concert
CNN - about 1 month
Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down and Lee Greenwood will headline a concert for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, his inaugural committee announced Friday.
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Toby Keith, Jennifer Holliday to Perform at Trump's Inaugural Celebrations
ABC News - about 1 month
They join band Three Doors Down at the events.
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The Creator Of The Iconic Red Solo Cup Died Last Week
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Robert Leo Hulseman, the man credited with inventing the iconic red Solo cup, died last week. He was 84 years old. The former president and chief executive of Solo Cup Co. died on Dec. 21 at his home in Northfield, Illinois, according to Donnellan Family Funeral Services. No cause of death has been announced. Hulseman started working at the Solo Cup Company, a business started by his father, when he was just 18 years old, according to an obituary published in the Chicago Tribune. He eventually succeeded his father as CEO and oversaw the company’s growth into one of the world’s largest food service packaging companies. During the 1970s, the company introduced the now-famous red plastic cup, which has become a staple at parties, picnics, tailgates and gatherings of all sorts. Hulseman is also credited with developing the ubiquitous “traveler lid,” a staple on coffee cups everwhere.  “Throughout his life, Bob was a gentleman who demonstrated class at all turns and a great ...
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James Elrod, Twice a National Football Champion at Oklahoma, Dies at 62
NYTimes - 2 months
Mr. Elrod died in a car crash as he was returning to his home in Oklahoma after watching the country music star Toby Keith perform in Las Vegas.
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Luke Bryan And Little Big Town Lead Route 91 Harvest Festival Lineup
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Get ready for some fun, Las Vegas, because country's biggest stars are coming to Sin City.  Route 91 Harvest returns for its third year with Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town and Chris Young topping the lineup. The festival will take place at Las Vegas Village across from Luxor Hotel and Casino on Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, with tickets going on sale Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. PT at RT91Harvest.com.  “Everything in Vegas is larger than life and spectacular so it sets the bar pretty high for us coming back each year,” President of Live Nation Country Touring Brian O’ Connell said in a press release. “Route 91 has grown way beyond our expectations in only two years, especially selling out ahead of gates opening last year, and so I’m thrilled to be able to bring some of country’s brightest stars to party and continue to make an even bigger mark on Sin City!"    The Huffington Post is exclusively revealing the full lineup for the fest, a collaboration between Live Nation ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Toby Keith
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 53
    As of 2015, Forbes estimated Keith's annual income at $53 million.
    More Details Hide Details American Music Awards Academy of Country Music British Country Music Association Country Music Association Billboard American Country Awards
    In 2015, Keith was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Keith performed on a series of television advertisements for Telecom USA for that company's discount long distance telephone service 10-10-220. He also starred in Ford commercials, singing original songs such as "Ford Truck Man" and "Field Trip (Look Again)" while driving Ford trucks.
    In April 2015, Keith released "35 MPH Town", the album's title track and second single.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 47
    It was followed by the Top 10 hit "Cryin' for Me (Wayman's Song)", a tribute to basketball player and jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale, a friend of Keith's who died in May 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The album's final single was "Every Dog Has Its Day". Bullets in the Gun was released on October 5, 2010. This was Keith's first album not to produce a top 10 hit, with "Trailerhood" reaching number 19, followed by the title track and "Somewhere Else" both at number 12. Keith produced the album with session guitarist Kenny Greenberg and Mills Logan. On October 23, 2011, Clancy's Tavern was released. The album included the single "Made in America", written by Keith along with Bobby Pinson and Scott Reeves, which went to number 1. Following it was "Red Solo Cup", which had previously been made into a music video which became viral. Upon release as a single, "Red Solo Cup" became Keith's best-peaking crossover, reaching number 15 on the Hot 100. The album's final single was "Beers Ago" at number 6 in 2012. In December 2011, Keith was named "Artist of the Decade" by the American Country Awards.
    In April 2009, he voiced support for Obama on Afghanistan and other decisions: "He hired one of my best friends who I think should run for president someday Gen. James Jones as a national security adviser.
    More Details Hide Details He's sending troops into Afghanistan, help is on the way there. And I'm seeing some really good middle range stuff. I'm giving our commander in chief a chance before I start grabbing. So far, I'm cool with it."
    In March 2009, Keith received the Johnny "Mike" Spann Memorial Semper Fidelis Award during a New York ceremony held by the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation.
    More Details Hide Details The trophy is named for the CIA operative (and former Marine Corps captain) who was the first U.S. casualty in the war in Afghanistan. "Spending time with our soldiers around the world is something I've always regarded as a privilege and honor," he said. "I'm certainly happy to accept this award, but I won't forget for a second who's really doing the heavy lifting to keep this country safe. And that's why I'll keep going back and spending time with those good folks every chance I get."
  • 2008
    Age 46
    On May 6, 2008, he released 35 Biggest Hits, a two-disc compilation featuring most of his singles to date, as well as the new song "She's a Hottie", which peaked at number 13.
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    In 2008, Keith completed his Biggest and Baddest Tour.
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    In October 2008, Keith told CMT that he had left the Democratic Party and has re-registered as an independent. "My party that I've been affiliated with all these years doesn't stand for anything that I stand for anymore," he says. "They've lost any sensibility that they had, and they've allowed all the kooks in.
    More Details Hide Details So I'm going independent." He also told CMT that he would likely vote for the Republican ticket, partially because of his admiration for Sarah Palin.
    In August 2008, he called Obama "the best Democratic candidate we've had since Bill Clinton".
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    In April 2008, Keith said that Barack Obama "looks like a great speaker and a great leader.
    More Details Hide Details And I think you can learn on your feet in there, so I don't hold people responsible for not having a whole bunch of political background in the House and Senate." At the same time he remarked, "I think John McCain is a great option too."
    Keith wrote and starred in the 2008 movie Beer for My Horses, which is based on the 2003 hit song of the same name recorded by Keith and Willie Nelson.
    More Details Hide Details He was also set to star in the film Bloodworth, but later dropped out. In 2005, Keith opened Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as well as Syracuse, New York and Tulsa, Oklahoma, and now also has restaurants in Thackerville, Oklahoma; Auburn Hills, Michigan; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Mesa, Arizona; Peoria, Arizona; St. Louis Park, Minnesota; Foxborough, Massachusetts; Cincinnati, Ohio; Newport News, Virginia; and Denver, Colorado. Keith does not actually own the new restaurants; the new restaurant is the first in a franchise under Scottsdale, Arizona-based Capri Restaurant Group Enterprises LLC, which purchased the master license agreement to build more Toby Keith restaurants nationwide. Capri Restaurant Group is owned by Frank Capri, who opened the restaurant in Mesa in the shopping center known as Mesa Riverview and is planning on opening multiple locations across the country. In 2009, Capri Restaurant Group announced that it will open another I Love this Bar & Grill location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's South Side Works shopping and entertainment district.
    Keith furthered this connection when he appeared in Colbert's 2008 Christmas special as a hunter.
    More Details Hide Details Keith also made an appearance as a musical guest on the October 27, 2011 episode of the Colbert Report. On October 29, 2011, Keith appeared on Fox Channel's Huckabee with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. He played "Bullets in the Gun" and he joined with Huckabees house band to play a song at the end of the show. In the Autumn of 2005, he filmed Broken Bridges, written by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld, and directed by Steven Goldmann. This feature film from Paramount/CMT Films was released on September 8, 2006. In this contemporary story set in small-town Tennessee, Keith plays Bo Price, a washed-up country musician. The movie also stars Kelly Preston, Burt Reynolds, Tess Harper, and Lindsey Haun.
    Keith released "She Never Cried in Front of Me", which went to number 1 in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Its corresponding album, That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy, followed on October 28, 2008. It was followed by "God Love Her", also a number 1 hit, and "Lost You Anyway". American Ride, in 2009, produced another number 1 in its title track.
  • 2007
    Age 45
    Big Dog Daddy followed in 2007, with Keith serving as sole producer.
    More Details Hide Details Its singles were "High Maintenance Woman", "Love Me If You Can", and "Get My Drink On". "Love Me If You Can" became Keith's first number 1 hit since "As Good as I Once Was" more than two years prior. A two-disc Christmas album, A Classic Christmas, followed later in 2007.
  • 2006
    Age 44
    Its first release was his 2006 album White Trash with Money, followed by the soundtrack to Broken Bridges.
    More Details Hide Details He also abandoned Stroud as co-producer in favor of Cannon's wife, Lari White. The album included three singles: "Get Drunk and Be Somebody", "A Little Too Late", and "Crash Here Tonight".
    Keith also made his acting debut in 2006, starring in the film Broken Bridges, and co-starred with comedian Rodney Carrington in the 2008 film Beer for My Horses, inspired by his song of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details Overall, Keith has released seventeen studio albums, two Christmas albums, and four compilation albums. He has also charted sixty-one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including twenty number one hits and twenty-one additional top 10 hits. His longest-lasting number one hits are "Beer for My Horses" (a 2003 duet with Willie Nelson) and "As Good as I Once Was" (2005), at six weeks each. He has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Keith was born in Clinton, Oklahoma, the son of Carolyn Joan (née Ross) and Hubert K. Covel, Jr. He has a sister and a brother. The family lived in Fort Smith, Arkansas, for a few years when Keith was in grade school, but moved to Moore, Oklahoma (a suburb of Oklahoma City) when he was still young. Before the family moved to Moore, he visited his grandmother in Fort Smith during the summers. His grandmother owned Billie Garner's Supper Club in Fort Smith, where Keith became interested in the musicians who came there to play. He did odd jobs around the supper club and started getting up on the bandstand to play with the band. He got his first guitar at the age of eight. After the family moved to Moore, Keith attended Highland West Junior High and Moore High School, where he played defensive end on the football team.
  • 2005
    Age 43
    On August 31, 2005, Keith founded a new label, Show Dog Nashville.
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    Keith's final DreamWorks album was Honkytonk University in early 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Lead-off single "Honkytonk U" peaked at number 8, followed by "As Good as I Once Was", which spent six weeks at number 1, and "Big Blue Note" at number 5. After the release of the latter, DreamWorks Records ceased operations.
  • 2004
    Age 42
    He endorsed the re-election of President George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election and performed at a Dallas, Texas, rally on the night before the election.
    More Details Hide Details Keith also endorsed Democrat Dan Boren in his successful run in Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district and is good friends with former Democratic New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. In a January 2007 interview with Newsday, Keith was asked whether he supported the Iraq War. He responded with "Never did," and said he favors setting a time limit on the campaign. He also said, "I don't apologize for being patriotic... If there is something socially incorrect about being patriotic and supporting your troops, then they can kiss my ass on that, because I'm not going to budge on that at all. And that has nothing to do with politics. Politics is what's killing America."
  • 2003
    Age 41
    Keith had a public feud with the Dixie Chicks over the song "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue", in 2003 as well as over comments they made about President George W. Bush on stage during a concert in London.
    More Details Hide Details The lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, publicly stated that Keith's song was "ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant". Keith responded by pointing out that Maines did not write her music and he does, and by displaying a backdrop at his concerts showing a doctored photo of Maines with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. On May 21, 2003, Maines wore a T-shirt with the letters "FUTK" on the front at the Academy of Country Music Awards. While a spokesperson for the Dixie Chicks said that the acronym stood for "Friends United in Truth and Kindness," many, including host Vince Gill, took it to be a shot at Keith ("Fuck You Toby Keith"). In an October 2004 appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, Maines finally confessed that it was indeed a shot at Keith, and that she "thought that nobody would get it".
    Shock'n Y'all, his eighth studio album, was released in November 2003.
    More Details Hide Details The album's title is a pun on the military term "shock and awe". It became his second album from which all singles went to number 1: "I Love This Bar", "American Soldier", and "Whiskey Girl". Also included on the disc were "The Taliban Song" and "Weed with Willie", two live songs recorded with Emerick. The album was followed in late 2004 by Greatest Hits 2, which included three new songs: "Stays in Mexico", "Go with Her", and a cover of Inez and Charlie Foxx's "Mockingbird", recorded as a duet with his daughter, Krystal Keith. "Stays in Mexico" was a number 3 hit on the country charts, while "Mockingbird" peaked at number 27.
    In July 2003, Keith made a guest appearance on Scotty Emerick's debut single "I Can't Take You Anywhere", which was previously recorded by Keith on Pull My Chain.
    More Details Hide Details Emerick's version of the song was his only top 40 country hit, at number 27.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 39
    First was "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)", which Keith wrote in 20 minutes as a response to the September 11, 2001 attacks.
    More Details Hide Details The song references Keith's father, a United States Army veteran who died that March in a car accident. Both this song and "Who's Your Daddy? " were number 1 hits, with "Rock You Baby" reaching number 13. The last single was "Beer for My Horses", a duet with Willie Nelson which six weeks at the top of the country charts. At the time, it was also Keith's highest entry on the Hot 100, at number 22.
    On March 24, 2001 (incidentally, Keith's 17th wedding anniversary), Keith's father was killed in a car accident on Interstate 35.
    More Details Hide Details On December 25, 2007, the Covel family was awarded $2.8 million for the wrongful death of H.K. Covel. Elias and Pedro Rodriguez, operators of Rodriguez Transportes of Tulsa, and the Republic Western Insurance Co. were found liable as they failed to properly equip the charter bus with properly working air brakes. Keith filmed a PSA for Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools. Through his encouragement for music education, giving the gift of music is possible in children’s lives.
    That event and the September 11 attacks in 2001 prompted Keith to write the song "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue", a song about his father’s patriotism and faith in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details At first, Keith refused to record the song and sang it only live at his concerts for military personnel. The reaction to the song, the lyrics of which express clear nationalistic and militaristic sentiments, was strong in many quarters, even to the point that the Commandant of the Marine Corps James L. Jones told Keith it was his "duty as an American citizen" to record the song. As the lead single from the album Unleashed (2002), "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue" peaked at number one over the Fourth of July weekend. ABC invited Keith to sing "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue" on a 2002 Fourth of July concert it was producing, then rescinded the invitation after host Peter Jennings heard the song and vetoed it. Jennings said the song "probably wouldn’t set the right tone". "I find it interesting that he's not from the U.S.," Keith said of Jennings, who was Canadian. "I bet Dan Rather'd let me do it on his special."
    On March 24, 2001, Keith’s father, H.K. Covel, was killed in a car accident.
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    In 2001, Keith won the Academy of Country Music's Top Male Vocalist and Album of the Year awards.
    More Details Hide Details Following this album was Pull My Chain, released in August 2001. The album's three singles — "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight", "I Wanna Talk About Me", and "My List" — all went to number 1 on the country charts, with the latter two both holding that position for five weeks. "I Wanna Talk About Me", written by Bobby Braddock, also displayed a country rap influence with its spoken-word lyrics. The Country Music Association named "My List" as Single of the Year in 2002. Of Pull My Chain, Erlewine wrote that "this is a bigger, better record than its predecessor, possessing a richer musicality and a more confident sense of humor". In 2002, he released the Unleashed album which included four singles.
  • 1999
    Age 37
    In 1999, Keith moved to DreamWorks Records' Nashville division, of which Stroud served as president.
    More Details Hide Details His first release for the label was "When Love Fades", which also failed to make Top 40. Upon seeing the single's poor performance, Keith requested that it be withdrawn and replaced with "How Do You Like Me Now?! ", a song that he wrote with Chuck Cannon, and which had previously been turned down by Mercury. It also served as the title track to his first DreamWorks album, How Do You Like Me Now?! The song spent five weeks at number 1 on the country charts, and became his first top 40 pop hit, with a number 31 peak on the Hot 100. It was also the top country song of 2000 according to the Billboard Year-End chart. The album, which was certified platinum, produced a Top 5 hit in "Country Comes to Town" and another number 1 in "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This". It was also his first album to feature songs co-written by Scotty Emerick, who would be a frequent collaborator of Keith's for the next several albums. Steve Huey wrote that this album "had a rough, brash attitude that helped give Keith a stronger identity as a performer."
  • 1998
    Age 36
    Keith's last Mercury release was Greatest Hits Volume One in October 1998.
    More Details Hide Details The album included twelve of his prior singles and two new songs: the country rap "Getcha Some" and "If a Man Answers". Both were released as singles, with "Getcha Some" reaching top 20, but "If a Man Answers" became his first single to miss top 40. According to Keith, these two songs were originally to be put on a studio album, but Mercury executives, dissatisfied with the album that Keith had made, chose to put those two songs on a greatest hits package, and asked him to "go work on another album". After he recorded two more songs which the label also rejected, he asked to terminate his contract with the label. After exiting Mercury, Keith co-wrote Shane Minor's debut single "Slave to the Habit" with Chuck Cannon and Kostas.
  • 1997
    Age 35
    Following a corporate merger, Keith returned to Mercury in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details His fourth studio album, Dream Walkin', was also his first produced by James Stroud, who would also serve as Keith's co-producer until 2005. It produced two consecutive number 2 hits in "We Were in Love" and a cover of Sting's 1996 single "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying". Sting also sang duet vocals and played bass guitar on it, and the two also performed the song at the 1997 Country Music Association awards. After this song, the album's title track made number 5, while "Double Wide Paradise" peaked at number 40.
  • 1996
    Age 34
    Keith also appeared on The Beach Boys' now out-of-print 1996 album Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 performing a cover of their 1963 hit "Be True to Your School" with the Beach Boys themselves providing the harmonies and backing vocals.
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    Keith was moved to the short-lived Nashville division of A&M Records to release Blue Moon in April 1996.
    More Details Hide Details His third album to achieve a platinum certification, it also included three singles. The first was "Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine on You", written by Keith in 1987, which reached number 2. Following it were "A Woman's Touch" at number 6, and his third number 1 hit, "Me Too", which peaked in March 1997.
  • 1995
    Age 33
    At the end of 1995, he released his first Christmas album, Christmas to Christmas, via Mercury.
    More Details Hide Details The album, composed entirely of original songs, produced one chart entry in "Santa I'm Right Here", which reached as high as number 50 based on Christmas airplay.
  • 1994
    Age 32
    Keith was moved to Polydor Records Nashville and released his next album, Boomtown, in September 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Also certified platinum, this album was led off by the number 1 single "Who's That Man". After it, "Upstairs Downtown" and "You Ain't Much Fun" both made top 10, while "Big Ol' Truck" peaked at number 15.
  • 1993
    Age 31
    His debut single, "Should've Been a Cowboy", went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1993, in addition to reaching number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details This song led off his self-titled debut album. By the end of the decade, "Should've Been a Cowboy" received more than three million spins at radio, thus making it the most-played country song of the 1990s. Certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of one million copies, the album produced three more top 5 hits on the country charts: "He Ain't Worth Missing" at number 5, followed by "A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action" (originally the B-side of "Should've Been a Cowboy") and "Wish I Didn't Know Now" both at number 2. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic wrote of the album, "It is given a production that's a bit too big, clean, glossy and cavernous for Keith's good — it fits the outsized sound of early-'90s radio, but not his outsized talent — but beneath that sheen the songs are very strong." He also thought that it showed the signs of the style that Keith would develop on subsequent albums The album's success led to Keith touring with then-labelmates Shania Twain and John Brannen.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 22
    On March 24, 1984, Keith married Tricia Lucus.
    More Details Hide Details He is the father of three children—two daughters, Shelley Covel Rowland (born 1980, adopted by Keith in 1984) and Krystal "Krystal Keith" LaDawn Covel Sandubrae (born September 30, 1985; signed a contract with Show Dog-Universal in 2013), and one son (Stelen Keith Covel, born 1997). He also has one granddaughter (born 2008; mother is Shelley) and one grandson (born 2010; mother is also Shelley).
    His family and friends were doubtful he would succeed, but, in 1984, Easy Money (various other band members included Mike Barnes, T.A. Brauer and David Saylors) began playing the honky tonk circuit in Oklahoma and Texas.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1990s, Keith went to Nashville, Tennessee, where he hung out and busked on Music Row and at a place called Houndogs. He distributed copies of a demo tape the band had made to the many record companies in the city. There was no interest by any of the record labels, and Keith returned home feeling depressed. He had promised himself and God to have a recording contract by the time he was 30 years old or give up on music as a career. A flight attendant and fan of his gave a copy of Keith's demo tape to Harold Shedd, a Mercury Records executive, while he was traveling on a flight she was working. Shedd enjoyed what he heard, went to see Keith perform live and then signed him to a recording contract with Mercury.
  • 1982
    Age 20
    In 1982, the oil industry in Oklahoma began a rapid decline and Keith soon found himself unemployed.
    More Details Hide Details He fell back on his football training and played defensive end with the semi-pro Oklahoma City Drillers while continuing to perform with his band. (The Drillers were an unofficial farm club of the United States Football League's Oklahoma Outlaws; Keith tried out for the Outlaws but did not make the team.) He then returned to focus once again on music.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1980
    Age 18
    Toby Keith played defensive end for the 1980 Oklahoma Sooners but never saw the field before dropping out to play semi-professional football in OKC.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on July 8, 1961.
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