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Who is Toby Keith?

Toby Keith Covel (born July 8, 1961) is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer.

Known professionally by his given names, 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.

These albums all earned Gold or higher certification and produced several Top Ten singles, including his debut “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”, which topped the country charts and was the most-played country song of the 1990s. The song has received three million spins since its release, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated.

Country music superstar Toby Keith announces he’s been fighting stomach cancer

Country music superstar Toby Keith has announced he has been battling stomach cancer since late last year but has received treatment and plans to return to the stage soon. In a statement posted on his verified Twitter and Instagram accounts Sunday, Keith said he was diagnosed with cancer last fall.

“I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation, and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax,” the statement says. “I am looking forward to spending time with my family. But I will see the fans sooner than later. I can’t wait. -T”

According to his official website, Keith is due to play the Ribfest in Illinois on June 17.

He released his latest album — “Peso in my Pocket” — last year after taking time out from touring due to the Covid pandemic, the site says. In 2021, then-President Donald Trump awarded Keith the National Medal of Arts, which the National Endowment for the Arts describes as “the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government.”

“Toby Keith is a singer, songwriter, musician, and humanitarian who has completed 11 USO Tours to date. He has 32 #1 singles,” the National Endowment for the Arts said in a January 2021 release.

Toby Keith Biography, Wiki

Keith was born Toby Keith Covel in Clinton, Oklahoma in 1961 and grew up mostly on a farm in Moore, near the outskirts of Oklahoma City. He took up guitar at age eight, inspired by the country musicians who played at the supper club his grandmother ran.

He listened to his father’s Bob Wills records and fell in love with Haggard’s music. He worked as a rodeo hand while in high school, and after graduation, he found work in the nearby oil fields. In the meantime, he formed the Easy Money Band and played Alabama-style country-rock in area honky tonks.

After about three years, the oil industry hit a major downturn, and Keith turned to playing semi-pro football for a USFL farm team, even trying out (unsuccessfully) for the short-lived league’s Oklahoma City franchise.

Following two years as a football player, Keith decided to focus on music and adopted a much more rigorous touring schedule. He cut a few records for local indie labels, and his demo tape eventually found its way to one-time Alabama producer Harold Shedd, who helped Keith land a deal with Mercury.

Toby Keith Biography Wikipedia
Toby Keith
Birth nameToby Keith Covel
BornJuly 8, 1961 (age 60)
Clinton, Oklahoma, U.S.
OriginMoore, Oklahoma
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, actor, record producer
InstrumentsVocals guitar
Years active1993–present
LabelsMercury Nashville Polydor A&M Dream Works Nashville Show Dog-Universal (formerly of Show Dog Nashville)

Toby Keith Education

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.

Toby Keith Career

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”.

Toby Keith FAQ’s

Who is Toby Keith?

Toby Keith Covel (born July 8, 1961) is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer.

How old is Toby Keith?

Toby Keith is currently 60 years old.

What happened to Toby Keith?

Country music superstar Toby Keith has announced he has been battling stomach cancer since late last year but has received treatment and plans to return to the stage soon. In a statement posted on his verified Twitter and Instagram accounts Sunday, Keith said he was diagnosed with cancer last fall.

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