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12. Toby Keith

After graduating high school, Toby worked jobs in the oil field and as a football player until he made the decision to move to Nashville and try his hand at music. He tried for a while to make it, but he just couldn’t get any traction so he packed up and went home. But thanks to a demo that he handed out to people while in Nashville, an executive from Mercury Records eventually heard it and signed Toby to his label. And now, almost 30 years, Toby has gone on to be a modern day honky-tonk singer with a bit of an outlaw image. That obviously worked for him, because he wrote 99% of his songs and (whether it was a silly song or a ballad) those songs were able to hit the top of the charts for about two decades. He was never a big award winner, as his outlaw-type image kept him on the edges of the Nashville industry, but he still managed to put together the resume of a soon-to-be legend.

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 2013
  • Country of Origin: Clinton, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
  • Why they will get in: Twenty years of hits and massive album sales
  • Why they won't get in: Always stayed on the outskirts of the Nashville machine
  • Radio Career: 1993-2012
  • Top Twenty Hits: 54
  • Album Sales: Over 40 million
  • Essential Albums:
    Should’ve Been A Cowboy (From Toby Keith, 1993)
    How Do You Like Me Now (From How Do You Like Me Now?!, 1999)
    Courtesy Of The Red, White & Blue (The Angry American) (From Unleashed, 2002)
    Beer For My Horses (w/ Willie Nelson) (From Unleashed, 2003)
    Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song) (From American Ride, 2009)

Should Toby Keith be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 100%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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