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Happy Birthday Toby Keith: Celebrating the Country Superstar’s 60th

by Keeli Parkey
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Toby Keith – one of the most popular country music artists working today – is celebrating a milestone birthday today!

The “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” and “Beer for My Horses” singer is celebrating his 60th birthday on July 8, 2021.

According to Biography, the popular singer was given the name Toby Keith Covel when he was born in Clinton, Oklahoma, on July 8, 1961. The future country music star grew up in Oklahoma City and found himself interested in music thanks to singers and musicians who worked at a supper club his grandmother attended.

Music, however, was not the first profession Toby Keith chose to focus on. He first looked to a career in the oil industry. He also spent a lot of his efforts around that time competing in the USFL football league. Eventually, however, he decided that a career in music was the way to go.

Keith’s music career got an initial boost when he signed a recording deal with Mercury records. He released his first album in 1993. That album, which was titled “Toby Keith,” was a great success. The album went platinum.

This country music artist’s success continued in the following years. Both his albums “Boomtown,” which was released in 1994, and “Blue Moon,” which was released in 1996 were very popular. Those albums included such tracks as “Me Too,” “Who’s That Man,” and “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying.”

Toby Keith recorded “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying” with Sting. The song was critically acclaimed and led to a Grammy nomination for the artists’ collaboration.

Toby Keith’s Success Continues With Duet With Willie Nelson, Post-9/11 Anthem

Things weren’t slowing down for Toby Keith during the late 1990s. His 1999 album, “How Do You Like Me Now?!” received to ACM awards the year after its release. In 2002, he released the hit album, “Unleashed.” It was on this album that he worked with Willie Nelson on the popular song, “Beer for My Horses.”

It was following the tragic terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, that Toby Keith released one of his most famous songs. This national tragedy combined with a tragedy in Keith’s personal life (his father died in an automobile accident) led the country music star to write the song, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).” This song was viewed by many, especially many members of the military, as a patriotic anthem.

More awards rolled in for Toby Keith after the song’s release. In fact, he was selected by the Academy of Country Music as the Entertainer of the Year in both 2002 and 2003.

In the almost two decades that followed, Toby Keith has continued to entertain country music fans with his songs and performances. Recently, he released a new song that shared his point of view about the state of America today. That song is titled, “Happy Birthday America.”

You can watch the birthday guy, Toby Keith, celebrate America’s recent birthday in his music video below.