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Toby Keith


Toby Keith Covel (born July 8, 1961 in Clinton, Oklahoma, United States) is an American country music singer and songwriter. His family moved to Moore, Oklahoma (a suburb of Oklahoma City) when Keith was young. His grandmother owned a supper club and Keith became interested in the musicians who came there to play. He got his first guitar at the age of 8. Keith attended Moore High School where he played on the football team.

Keith graduated from Moore High School and, in 1979, went to work as a derrick hand in the booming oil fields of Oklahoma. He worked his way up to become an operation manager. At the age of 20, he formed the Easy Money band and they played local bars as he continued to work in the oil industry. At times, he would have to leave in the middle of a gig if he was paged to work in the oil field.

In 1982, the oil industry in Oklahoma began a rapid decline and Keith soon found himself unemployed. 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 USFL's Oklahoma Outlaws; Keith tried out for the Outlaws but did not make the team.) After two years with the Drillers, Keith decided to try music full time. His family and friends were doubtful he would succeed, but in 1984, Easy Money began playing the honky tonk circuit in Oklahoma and Texas. The band cut a single titled Blue Moon and the song received some airplay on local radio stations in Oklahoma.

In 1993 , Keith went to Nashville, Tennessee. Keith 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. Keith had promised himself to have a recording contract by the time he was 30 years old or give up on music as a career. He had already passed that age without any prospects for a recording contract.

Fortunately for Keith, a fan of his, who was a flight attendant, 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 liked what he heard, went to see Keith perform live and then signed him to a recording contract with Mercury. His debut single, "Should've Been a Cowboy" (1993), went to number 1 on the Billboard country singles chart, and his self-titled debut album was certified platinum. Other hit singles included "A Little Less Talk And A Lot More Action" and "Wish I Didn't Know Now."

Keith moved briefly to Polydor Records and released his next two albums Boomtown (1994) and Blue Moon (1996). The albums went gold and platinum respectively. In 1996, Keith was also featured 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.

Polydor folded and Keith moved back to Mercury Records, now called Mercury Nashville, and released his fourth album, Dream Walkin' (1997). Sting (Gordon Sumner) is featured on Dream Walkin' as additional vocals on a cover of Sting's song "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying."

Keith began work on his next album How Do You Like Me Now (1999) at Mercury but purchased the rights to the album and moved to Dreamworks Nashville because of creative differences with Mercury. The title song "How Do You Like Me Now" was a number 1 single for 5 weeks and the album went double platinum.

Keith also began doing a series of television advertisements for Telecom USA for their discount long distance telephone service 10-10-220. Because of the ads and his latest hit album, Keith became a superstar and household name. He also starred in Ford commercials, singing original songs such as "Ford Truck Man" and "Look Again", while driving Ford cars.

Keith made an appearance at the very first Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (then NWA-TNA) weekly pay-per-view on June 19, 2002, where his playing of "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" was interrupted by Jeff Jarrett. He would later enter the Gauntlet for the Gold main event specifically to eliminate Jarrett from the match. He would appear the next week, on June 26, and help Scott Hall defeat Jarrett in singles action.

Keith was the subject of the January 2005 issue of Playboy Magazine's Playboy Interview. That year, Keith toured with rock guitarist Ted Nugent, whom Keith met in Iraq while they were both performing in USO-sponsored shows for the coalition troops.

On August 31, 2005, Keith parted ways with Universal Music Group- which had since bought Dreamworks- and launched his own record label called Show Dog Nashville. Its first release was Keith's album White Trash With Money

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 is slated for release in the second half of 2006. Keith plays Bo Porter, a country musician whose career has seen better times. The movie also stars Kelly Preston, Burt Reynolds, and Tess Harper.

Big Dog Daddy followed in 2007, with Keith serving as sole producer. 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. In 2008, Keith completed his Biggest and Baddest Tour. 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.

Keith released "She Never Cried in Front of Me", which went to number 1 in 2008. 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. 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. 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.

Keith's sixteenth album, Hope on the Rocks, was released in late 2012. It produced only two singles, both of which are top 20 hits: "I Like Girls That Drink Beer" reached at number 17 and the title track peaked at number 18.

In mid-2013, he entered the charts with "Drinks After Work", the first single from his seventeenth album, also titled Drinks After Work. The album's second single is "Shut Up and Hold On".

Personal convictions and controversy

On March 24, 2001, Keith’s father, H.K. Covel, was killed in a car accident. That event and the September 11, 2001 attacks prompted Keith to write the song "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)", a song about his father’s patriotism and faith in the USA. At first, Keith refused to record the song and only sang it live at his concerts for military personnel. The reaction was so strong 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 1 over the weekend of July 4.

ABC invited Keith to sing "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue" on a patriotic special it was producing. However, the host of the show, newsman Peter Jennings, requested Keith soften the lyrics of the song or choose another song to sing. Keith refused both requests and did not appear on the special. The rift gave the song a considerable amount of publicity, which led to many national interviews and public performances of the song.

Keith also had a public feud with the Dixie Chicks over the song, as well as comments they made from the stage about President George W. Bush. The lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, publicly stated that the song was "ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant."[1] Keith responded by belittling Maines' songwriting skills, and by displaying a backdrop at his concerts showing a doctored photo of Maines with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.[2] On May 21, 2003, Maines wore a T-shirt with the letters FUTK on the front at the Academy of Country Music Awards. [3] 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. In August 2003, Keith publically declared he was done feuding with Maines 'because he's realized there are far more important things to concentrate on'.[4]

Keith considers himself "a conservative Democrat who is sometimes embarrassed for his party." He endorsed the re-election of President George W. Bush in 2004 and performed at a Dallas rally on the night before the election. Keith also endorsed Democrat Dan Boren in his successful run in Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district and is good friends with Democratic New Mexico Governor Bill Richar



Song lyric Beer For My Horses BEER FOR MY HORSES Toby Keith
Song lyric I Love This Bar I LOVE THIS BAR Toby Keith
Song lyric Should've Been A Cowboy SHOULD'VE BEEN A COWBOY Toby Keith
Song lyric Whiskey Girl WHISKEY GIRL Toby Keith
Song lyric I Wanna Talk About Me I WANNA TALK ABOUT ME Toby Keith
Song lyric American Soldier AMERICAN SOLDIER Toby Keith
Song lyric Get Drunk And Be Somebody GET DRUNK AND BE SOMEBODY Toby Keith
Song lyric You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This YOU SHOULDN'T KISS ME LIKE THIS Toby Keith
Song lyric How Do You Like Me Now?! HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?! Toby Keith
Song lyric My List MY LIST Toby Keith
Song lyric Who's Your Daddy? WHO'S YOUR DADDY? Toby Keith
Song lyric A Little Less Talk And A Lot More Action A LITTLE LESS TALK AND A LOT MORE ACTION Toby Keith
Song lyric You Ain't Much Fun YOU AIN'T MUCH FUN Toby Keith
Song lyric He Ain't Worth Missing HE AIN'T WORTH MISSING Toby Keith
Song lyric Big Blue Note BIG BLUE NOTE Toby Keith
Song lyric Dream Walkin' DREAM WALKIN' Toby Keith
Song lyric Who's That Man WHO'S THAT MAN Toby Keith
Song lyric Honkytonk U HONKYTONK U Toby Keith
Song lyric How Do You Like Me Now HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW Toby Keith
Song lyric We Were In Love WE WERE IN LOVE Toby Keith
Song lyric High Maintenance Woman HIGH MAINTENANCE WOMAN Toby Keith
Song lyric Country Comes To Town COUNTRY COMES TO TOWN Toby Keith
Song lyric Weed With Willie WEED WITH WILLIE Toby Keith
Song lyric Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You DOES THAT BLUE MOON EVER SHINE ON YOU Toby Keith
Song lyric Me Too ME TOO Toby Keith
Song lyric Good To Go To Mexico GOOD TO GO TO MEXICO Toby Keith
Song lyric Rock You Baby ROCK YOU BABY Toby Keith
Song lyric Getcha Some GETCHA SOME Toby Keith
Song lyric Huckleberry HUCKLEBERRY Toby Keith
Song lyric It Works For Me IT WORKS FOR ME Toby Keith
Song lyric Crash Here Tonight CRASH HERE TONIGHT Toby Keith
Song lyric Big Ol' Truck BIG OL' TRUCK Toby Keith
Song lyric A Woman's Touch A WOMAN'S TOUCH Toby Keith
Song lyric Ain't It Just Like You AIN'T IT JUST LIKE YOU Toby Keith
Song lyric Ain't No Thang AIN'T NO THANG Toby Keith
Song lyric All I Want For Christmas ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS Toby Keith
Song lyric Along For The Ride - Matraca Berg ALONG FOR THE RIDE - MATRACA BERG Toby Keith
Song lyric Angry American ANGRY AMERICAN Toby Keith
Song lyric As Good As I Once Was AS GOOD AS I ONCE WAS Toby Keith
Song lyric Baddest Boots BADDEST BOOTS Toby Keith
Song lyric Bethlehem In Birmingham BETHLEHEM IN BIRMINGHAM Toby Keith
Song lyric Blame It On The Mistletoe BLAME IT ON THE MISTLETOE Toby Keith
Song lyric Blue Bedroom BLUE BEDROOM Toby Keith
Song lyric Boomtown BOOMTOWN Toby Keith
Song lyric Brand New Bow BRAND NEW BOW Toby Keith
Song lyric Broken - Lindsey Haun BROKEN - LINDSEY HAUN Toby Keith
Song lyric Broken Bridges BROKEN BRIDGES Toby Keith
Song lyric Call A Marine CALL A MARINE Toby Keith
Song lyric Can't Go Back CAN'T GO BACK Toby Keith
Song lyric Can't Go Back - Toby Keith CAN'T GO BACK - TOBY KEITH Toby Keith
Song lyric Christmas Rock CHRISTMAS ROCK Toby Keith
Song lyric Christmas To Christmas CHRISTMAS TO CHRISTMAS Toby Keith
Song lyric Close But No Guitar CLOSE BUT NO GUITAR Toby Keith
Song lyric Closin' Time At Home CLOSIN' TIME AT HOME Toby Keith
Song lyric Courtesy Of The Red White And Blue COURTESY OF THE RED WHITE AND BLUE Toby Keith
Song lyric Courtesy Of The Red, White & Blue (The Angry American) COURTESY OF THE RED, WHITE & BLUE (THE ANGRY AMERICAN) Toby Keith
Song lyric Crash Here Tonight - Toby Keith CRASH HERE TONIGHT - TOBY KEITH Toby Keith
Song lyric Die With Your Boots On DIE WITH YOUR BOOTS ON Toby Keith
Song lyric Do I Know You DO I KNOW YOU Toby Keith
Song lyric Do I Know You (Bottom Of My Heart) DO I KNOW YOU (BOTTOM OF MY HEART) Toby Keith
Song lyric Do You Want Us To Thump Harder DO YOU WANT US TO THUMP HARDER Toby Keith
Song lyric Don't Leave, I Think I Love You DON'T LEAVE, I THINK I LOVE YOU Toby Keith
Song lyric Don't Let the Old Man In DON'T LET THE OLD MAN IN Toby Keith
Song lyric Double Wide Paradise DOUBLE WIDE PARADISE Toby Keith
Song lyric Every Night EVERY NIGHT Toby Keith
Song lyric Forever Hasn't Got Here Yet FOREVER HASN'T GOT HERE YET Toby Keith
Song lyric Get Drunk and Be GET DRUNK AND BE Toby Keith
Song lyric Gimme 8 Seconds GIMME 8 SECONDS Toby Keith
Song lyric Go With Her GO WITH HER Toby Keith
Song lyric God Love Her GOD LOVE HER Toby Keith
Song lyric Heart To Heart HEART TO HEART Toby Keith
Song lyric Heart To Heart (Stelen's Song) HEART TO HEART (STELEN'S SONG) Toby Keith
Song lyric Hello HELLO Toby Keith
Song lyric High On The Mountain - Flynnville Train HIGH ON THE MOUNTAIN - FLYNNVILLE TRAIN Toby Keith
Song lyric Hold You, Kiss You, Love You HOLD YOU, KISS YOU, LOVE YOU Toby Keith
Song lyric Hot Rod Sleigh HOT ROD SLEIGH Toby Keith
Song lyric I Can't Take You Anywhere I CAN'T TAKE YOU ANYWHERE Toby Keith
Song lyric I Don't Understand My Girlfriend I DON'T UNDERSTAND MY GIRLFRIEND Toby Keith
Song lyric I Got It Bad I GOT IT BAD Toby Keith
Song lyric I Know A Wall When I See One I KNOW A WALL WHEN I SEE ONE Toby Keith
Song lyric I Miss Billy The Kid I MISS BILLY THE KID Toby Keith
Song lyric I'll Never Smoke Weed With Willie Again I'LL NEVER SMOKE WEED WITH WILLIE AGAIN Toby Keith
Song lyric I'm Just Talkin 'bout Tonight I'M JUST TALKIN 'BOUT TONIGHT Toby Keith
Song lyric I'm Just Talkin' 'Bout Tonight I'M JUST TALKIN' 'BOUT TONIGHT Toby Keith
Song lyric I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying I'M SO HAPPY I CAN'T STOP CRYING Toby Keith
Song lyric If A Man Answers IF A MAN ANSWERS Toby Keith
Song lyric If I Was Jesus IF I WAS JESUS Toby Keith
Song lyric In Other Words IN OTHER WORDS Toby Keith
Song lyric It's All Good IT'S ALL GOOD Toby Keith
Song lyric Jack Don Tucker (Play By The Rules Miss All The Fun) - Toby Keith JACK DON TUCKER (PLAY BY THE RULES MISS ALL THE FUN) - TOBY KEITH Toby Keith
Song lyric Jacky Don Tucker JACKY DON TUCKER Toby Keith
Song lyric Jesus Gets Jealous Of Santa Claus JESUS GETS JEALOUS OF SANTA CLAUS Toby Keith
Song lyric Just The Guy To Do It JUST THE GUY TO DO IT Toby Keith
Song lyric Knock Yourself Out KNOCK YOURSELF OUT Toby Keith
Song lyric Life Was A Play LIFE WAS A PLAY Toby Keith
Song lyric Live Introduction By Toby of 'Courtesy of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American) LIVE INTRODUCTION BY TOBY OF 'COURTESY OF THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE (THE ANGRY AMERICAN) Toby Keith
Song lyric Losing My Touch LOSING MY TOUCH Toby Keith
Song lyric Love Fades LOVE FADES Toby Keith
Song lyric Lucky Me LUCKY ME Toby Keith
Song lyric Mama Come Quick MAMA COME QUICK Toby Keith
Song lyric Mary, It's Christmas MARY, IT'S CHRISTMAS Toby Keith
Song lyric Mockingbird MOCKINGBIRD Toby Keith
Song lyric New Orleans NEW ORLEANS Toby Keith
Song lyric Nights I Cant Remember, Friends I'll Never Fo NIGHTS I CANT REMEMBER, FRIENDS I'LL NEVER FO Toby Keith
Song lyric No Honor Among Thieves NO HONOR AMONG THIEVES Toby Keith
Song lyric Note To Self NOTE TO SELF Toby Keith
Song lyric Pick 'Em Up And Lay 'Em Down PICK 'EM UP AND LAY 'EM DOWN Toby Keith
Song lyric Pull My Chain PULL MY CHAIN Toby Keith
Song lyric Red,White,Blue RED,WHITE,BLUE Toby Keith
Song lyric Rodeo Moon RODEO MOON Toby Keith
Song lyric Runnin' Block RUNNIN' BLOCK Toby Keith
Song lyric Santa's Gonna Take It All Back SANTA'S GONNA TAKE IT ALL BACK Toby Keith
Song lyric Santa, I'm Right Here SANTA, I'M RIGHT HERE Toby Keith
Song lyric She Ain't Hooked On Me No More SHE AIN'T HOOKED ON ME NO MORE Toby Keith
Song lyric She Left Me SHE LEFT ME Toby Keith
Song lyric She Only Gets That Way With Me SHE ONLY GETS THAT WAY WITH ME Toby Keith
Song lyric She Ran Away With A Rodeo Clown SHE RAN AWAY WITH A RODEO CLOWN Toby Keith
Song lyric She's Gonna Get It SHE'S GONNA GET IT Toby Keith
Song lyric She's Perfect SHE'S PERFECT Toby Keith
Song lyric Should Have Been A Cowboy SHOULD HAVE BEEN A COWBOY Toby Keith
Song lyric Some Kinda Good Kinda (Hold On Me) SOME KINDA GOOD KINDA (HOLD ON ME) Toby Keith
Song lyric Stays In Mexico STAYS IN MEXICO Toby Keith
Song lyric Strangers Again STRANGERS AGAIN Toby Keith
Song lyric Sweet SWEET Toby Keith
Song lyric That's Country Bro THAT'S COUNTRY BRO Toby Keith
Song lyric That's Not How It Is THAT'S NOT HOW IT IS Toby Keith
Song lyric The Battlefield - Sonya Isaacs THE BATTLEFIELD - SONYA ISAACS Toby Keith
Song lyric The Critic THE CRITIC Toby Keith
Song lyric The Fourth THE FOURTH Toby Keith
Song lyric The Lonely THE LONELY Toby Keith
Song lyric The Night Before Christmas THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Toby Keith
Song lyric The Sha La La Song THE SHA LA LA SONG Toby Keith
Song lyric The Taliban Song THE TALIBAN SONG Toby Keith
Song lyric Think About You All Of The Time THINK ABOUT YOU ALL OF THE TIME Toby Keith
Song lyric Thinkin' 'Bout You - Fred Eaglesmith THINKIN' 'BOUT YOU - FRED EAGLESMITH Toby Keith
Song lyric Time For Me To Ride TIME FOR ME TO RIDE Toby Keith
Song lyric Tired TIRED Toby Keith
Song lyric Too Far This Time TOO FAR THIS TIME Toby Keith
Song lyric Tryin' To Matter TRYIN' TO MATTER Toby Keith
Song lyric Uncloudy Day - Willie Nelson UNCLOUDY DAY - WILLIE NELSON Toby Keith
Song lyric Under The Fall UNDER THE FALL Toby Keith
Song lyric Upstairs Downtown UPSTAIRS DOWNTOWN Toby Keith
Song lyric Upstairs, Downtown UPSTAIRS, DOWNTOWN Toby Keith
Song lyric Valentine VALENTINE Toby Keith
Song lyric Victoria's Secret VICTORIA'S SECRET Toby Keith
Song lyric What Made The Baby Cry? WHAT MADE THE BABY CRY? Toby Keith
Song lyric What's Up With That - Scotty Emerick WHAT'S UP WITH THAT - SCOTTY EMERICK Toby Keith
Song lyric When Love Fades WHEN LOVE FADES Toby Keith
Song lyric Where You Gonna Go WHERE YOU GONNA GO Toby Keith
Song lyric Whiskey For My Men, Beer For My Horses WHISKEY FOR MY MEN, BEER FOR MY HORSES Toby Keith
Song lyric Whisky Girl WHISKY GIRL Toby Keith
Song lyric Who's Your Daddy WHO'S YOUR DADDY Toby Keith
Song lyric Who`s Your Daddy? WHO`S YOUR DADDY? Toby Keith
Song lyric Who�s That Man WHO�S THAT MAN Toby Keith
Song lyric Wish I Didn't Know Now (What I Didn't Know Then) WISH I DIDN'T KNOW NOW (WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW THEN) Toby Keith
Song lyric Woman Behind The Man WOMAN BEHIND THE MAN Toby Keith
Song lyric Yesterday's Rain YESTERDAY'S RAIN Toby Keith
Song lyric Yet YET Toby Keith
Song lyric You Ain't Leavin' (Thank God Are Ya) YOU AIN'T LEAVIN' (THANK GOD ARE YA) Toby Keith
Song lyric You Ain't Much Fun Since I Quit Drinkin YOU AIN'T MUCH FUN SINCE I QUIT DRINKIN Toby Keith
Song lyric You Caught Me At A Bad Time YOU CAUGHT ME AT A BAD TIME Toby Keith
Song lyric You Didn't Have As Much To Lose YOU DIDN'T HAVE AS MUCH TO LOSE Toby Keith
Song lyric You Don't Anymore YOU DON'T ANYMORE Toby Keith
Song lyric You Leave Me Weak YOU LEAVE ME WEAK Toby Keith
Song lyric Your Smile YOUR SMILE Toby Keith