Toby Keith Crushes Acoustic Version of Kenny Rogers ‘Daytime Friends’: Video

by Madison Miller

Country superstar Toby Keith gave his fans a quick cover they never knew they needed in their lives until now.

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In an Instagram video, Keith sang the lyrics, “shake hands in the light of day…” which are from Kenny Rogers’ song “Daytime Friends.”

Toby Keith’s newest release is his song, “What’s Up Cuz” in 2020. This is another simple, yet naturally feel-good song from the country artist.

The song was written by Keith and Bobby Pinson, his longtime collaborator. The song is similar to “100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” for its repetitive, alcohol-related tune. It was his first single since 2019.

His last project was his collection of new and unreleased tracks on “Greatest Hits: The Show Dog Years” album.

‘Daytime Friends’

The Kenny Rogers song that Toby Keith is belting out on his acoustic guitar was first performed in 1977.

The song “Daytime Friends” is off Rogers’ album with the same name. The album had two Top 10 singles. The title track reached No. 1 on the country singles and tracks chart. Other hits from the album include “Sweet Music Man,” “Am I Too Late,” and “My World Begins and Ends With You.”

The 11-song album would reach No. 2 on the country charts at the time of its release.

What’s the meaning behind one of Rogers’ most popular hits?

The song was written by Ben Peters, who had written other songs from the decade like “Kiss An Angel Good Morning” and “Before The Next Teardrop Falls.”

According to Country Thang Daily, apparently, Peters got the idea for part of the song while he was watching weatherman Pat Sajak, who would also later become the host of “Wheel of Fortune.” Specifically, he thought of the line, “daytime friends and nighttime lovers.”

Sajak had mentioned the “daytime highs and nighttime lows” while he was reporting on the weather. Then, the rest of the song fell into place. Elvis Presley was actually going to sing the song but passed away suddenly before he could get the chance.

The final version of the song is also an instrumental work of art. Producer Larry Butler added extra guitar sounds to the track. The ending result was four electric and 14 rhythm guitars working along with the country crooner voice of Rogers.

Now, Toby Keith shared with fans what his cover of the song would look like.