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Common misspelling: Tobby Keith, Toby Kieth, Tobie Keith


Given Name

Date of Birth

Birth Place

Toby Keith Covel July 8, 1961 Clinton, Oklahoma

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The following biography is from Wikipedia.org “The Free Encyclopedia.”


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






Early life and career

Toby Keith was born in Clinton, Oklahoma. 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.


Entertainment career


In 1993, Keith went to Nashville, Tennessee. 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 was approaching 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 & Wish I Didn't Know Then.


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. 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.


He 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.


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


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 and 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 to record the song. As the lead single from the album Unleashed (2002), Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue peaked at number 1 over the weekend of July 4. The album spent 65 weeks on the top-10 Billboard Country Albums chart.


ABC invited Keith to sing Courtesy of the Red, White and 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." Keith defeated the Dixie Chicks to win Entertainer of The Year from the Academy of Country Music (2002).


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 Richardson.





Toby Keith (album) (1993) #99 US, US Sales: 1,000,000 (Platinum)

Boomtown (1994) #46 US, US Sales: 500,000 (Gold)

Christmas To Christmas (1995)

Blue Moon (1996) #51 US, US Sales: 1,000,000 (Platinum)

Dream Walkin' (1997) #107 US, US Sales: 500,000 (Gold)

Greatest Hits Volume 1 (1998) #61 US, US Sales: 2,000,000 (3x Platinum)

How Do You Like Me Now (1999) #56 US, US Sales: 1,000,000 (2x Platinum)

Pull My Chain (2001) #9 US, US Sales: 2,000,000 (3x Platinum)

Unleashed (2002) #1 US, US Sales: 4,000,000 (5x Platinum)

20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection... (2003) #45 US, US Sales: 500,000 (Gold)

Shock'n Y'all (2003) #1 US, US Sales: 4,000,000 (5x Platinum)

Greatest Hits Volume 2 (2004) #3 US, US Sales: 2,000,000 (3x Platinum)

Honkytonk University (2005) #2 US (Platinum)






Chart Positions


US Hot 100

US Country


"Should've Been a Cowboy"



Toby Keith


"I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying"



Dream Walkin'


"Country Comes to Town"



How Do You Like Me Now?!


"How Do You Like Me Now?"



How Do You Like Me Now?!


"You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This"



How Do You Like Me Now?!


"I Wanna Talk About Me"



Pull My Chain


"I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight"



Pull My Chain


"Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)"





"My List"



Pull My Chain


"Who's Your Daddy?"





"Beer for My Horses" (feat. Willie Nelson)





"Rock You Baby"





"I Love This Bar"



Shock'n Y'all


"American Soldier"



Shock'n Y'all


"Whiskey Girl"



Shock'n Y'all


"Stays in Mexico"



Greatest Hits, Vol. 2


"As Good as I Once Was"



Honkytonk University


"Big Blue Note"



Honkytonk University


Notable Awards

Academy of Country Music - Album of the Year (2000) How Do You Like Me Now

Country Music Association (CMA) - Male Vocalist of the Year (2001)

Academy of Country Music - Entertainer of the Year (2002)

Academy of Country Music - Entertainer of the Year (2003)

Academy of Country Music - Top Male Vocalist (2003)

Academy of Country Music - Album of the Year (2003) Shock'n Y'all

Academy of Country Music - Video of the Year (2003) Beer For My Horses (with Willie Nelson)




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1993 1995 1996 1997 1998

Album Title

Toby Keith


Blue Moon

Dream Walkin’

Greatest Hits Vol. 1


1 Should`ve Been a Cowboy

2 He Ain`t Worth Missing

3 Under The Fall

4 Some Kinda Good Kinda (Hold On Me)

5 Wish I Didn`t Know Now

6 Ain`t No Thang

7 Valentine

8 A Little Less Talk And A Lot More Action

9 Mama Come Quick

10 Close But No Guitar

1 Who`s That Man

2 Big Ol` Truck

3 Victoria`s Secret

4 No Honor Among Thieves

5 Upstairs, Downtown

6 You Ain`t Much Fun

7 In Other Words

8 Woman Behind The Man

9 Life Was A Play (The World Was A Stage)

10 Boomtown


1 The Lonely

2 Every Night

3 Closin` Time At Home

4 A Woman`s Touch

5 Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You

6 Lucky Me

7 She`s Perfect

8 She`s Gonna Get It

9 Me Too

10 Hello


1 We Were In Love

2 Dream Walkin`

3 You Don`t Anymore

4 Jacky Don Tucker

5 Tired

6 Double Wide Paradise

7 Yet

8 She Ran Away With A Rodeo Clown

9 Strangers Again

10 I`m So Happy I Can`t Stop Crying (w/ Sting)

11 I Don`t Understand My Girlfriend

1 Getcha Some

2 If A Man Answers

3 Should`ve Been A Cowboy

4 Dream Walkin`

5 A Little Less Talk And A Lot More Action

6 Goes That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You

7 I`m So Happy I Can`t Stop Crying

8 We Were In Love

9 You Ain`t Much Fun

10 Who`s That Man

11 Wish I Didn`t Know Now

12 Big Ol` Truck

13 Me Too

14 He Ain`t Worth Missing


1999 2000 2001 2002 2003

Album Title

How Do You Like Me Now?

Christmas to Christmas

Pull My Chain


Shock'N Y'all


1 How Do You Like Me Now

2 When Love Fades

3 Blue Bedroom

4 New Orleans

5 Country Comes To Town

6 Heart to Heart (Stelen`s Song)

7 She Only Gets That Way With Me

8 Die With your Boots On

9 You Shouldn`t Kiss Me

10 Hold You, Kiss You, Love You

11 Do I Know You (Bottom of My Heart)

12 I Know A Wall When I See One

1 Santa I`m Right Here

2 Bethlehem In Birmingham

3 Christmas Rock

4 Blame It On The Mistletoe

5 Santa`s Gonna Take It All Back

6 The Night Before Christmas

7 Hot Rod Sleigh

8 Christmas To Christmas

9 Jesus Gets Jealous Of Santa Claus

10 Mary, It`s Christmas

11 All I Want For Christmas

12 What Made The Baby Cry?

1 I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight

2 I Wanna Talk About Me

3 I Can’t Take You Anywhere

4 You Leave Me Weak

5 Tryin’ To Matter

6 Pull My Chain

7 The Sha La La Song

8 Pick ‘Em Up And Lay ‘Em Down

9 Forever Hasn’t Got Here Yet

10 Yesterday’s Rain

11 My List

12 You Didn’t Have As Much To Lose

1 Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American) 

2 Who`s Your Daddy? 

3 Good To Go To Mexico 

4 It`s All Good 

5 Beer For My Horses 

6 Losing My Touch 

7 Huckleberry 

8 It Works For Me 

9 Ain`t It Just Like You 

10 Rock You Baby 

11 Rodeo Moon 

12 That`s Not How It Is 

1 I Love This Bar

2 Whiskey Girl

3 American Soldier

4 If I Was Jesus

5 Time For Me To Ride

6 Sweet

7 Don't Leave, I Think I Love You

8 Nights I Can't Remember, Friends I'll Never Forget

9 Baddest Boots

10 The Critic

11 The Taliban Song

12 Weed With Willie


2005 2006      

Album Title

Honkytonk University

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1 Honkytonk U

2 As Good As I Once Was

3 She Ain't Hooked On Me No More

4 Big Blue Note

5 Just The Guy To Do It

6 She Left Me

7 Knock Yourself Out

8 You Ain't Leavin' (Thank God Are Ya)

9 I Got It Bad

10 Your Smile

11 Where You Gonna Go

12 You Caught Me At A Bad Time

1 Get Drunk and Be Somebody

2 A Little Too Late

3 Can’t Buy You Money

4 Crash Here Tonight

5 Grain Of Salt

6 I Ain’t Already There

7 Note To Self

8 Too Far This Time

9 Ain’t No Right Way

10 Brand New Bow

11 Hell No

12 Runnin’ Block





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