One of the “bad boys” of country music, Toby Keith has definitely made a name for himself in the industry throughout his career. Born July 8, 1961 in Clinton, Oklahoma, Keith first became interested in music as he visited his grandmother’s Billie Garner’s Supper Club in Fort Smith. He performed jobs around the club and listened to the musicians who came to play. Eventually, he was able to get on the bandstand to play alongside them. When he was twenty, he began performing with a few of his friends in their band the Easy Money Band at local bars. In the early 90s, he moved to Nashville, where he hung out on Music Row. After almost giving up hope on ever reaching his dreams of becoming a country artist, Keith was finally signed with Mercury Records, where he released his debut single.
“Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” released in 1993, went right to Number One on the country charts. Throughout the following the years, Keith would find more success with singles like “Who’s That Man,” “How Do You Like Me Now?!” and “Me Too,” all of which reached Number One. The 90s brought him even more Top 5 and Top 10 hits, like “A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action” and “You Ain’t Much Fun.”
His success didn’t stop in the next decade, however. Singles like “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This,” “I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight,” “I Wanna Talk About Me” and “My List” introduced the 2000s to a reign of Toby Keith’s Number One singles. Several of his songs were also certified Gold or higher, including “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” “Beer for My Horses,” “I Love This Bar,” “American Soldier,” “As Good as I Once Was,” “God Love Her” and “American Ride.”
In the 2010s, all of Keith’s released singles peaked within the Top 50, including Number One hit “Made in America,” Number Six “Beers Ago” and Number Nine “Red Solo Cup,” which was certified 2x Platinum.
Throughout the years, Keith has acquired a number of awards, including those from the American Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, Billboard and the American Country Awards. He has been named the Favorite Country Male Artist, Top Male Vocalist, Entertainer of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year. His songs, albums and videos have also added to his list of achievements, including Favorite Country Album with 2002’s “Unleashed,” and Music Video of the Year for “Red Solo Cup.”
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