Toby Keith was born with the name Toby Keith Covel on July 8, 1961, in Clinton, Okla. The family moved to Oklahoma City when Keith was young, and it was there he became interested in the musicians who worked in his grandmother's supper club. He got his first guitar at age 8, but it would be years before Keith would pursue music as a career. At 6-feet-4 inches, Keith worked in the oil industry and played defensive end with the Oklahoma City Drillers United States Football League (USFL) team.
In 1984, Keith turned to music full time, playing the honky-tonk circuit in Oklahoma and Texas with the band Easy Money. A demo tape made the rounds in Nashville, but there were no takers. After catching a show in Oklahoma, Mercury Records President Harold Shedd signed him to Mercury Records. His 1993 debut single, "Should've Been a Cowboy," went to No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart, and his self-titled debut album was certified platinum.
When Shedd left Mercury for Polydor Records, Keith went with him. He released a second album, Boomtown, in 1994. The gold-selling collection produced the No. 1 hit "Who's That Man" and the Top 5 hit "You Ain't Much Fun." The platinum-selling Blue Moon followed in 1996, featuring introspective tunes like "Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine on You" and "Me Too."
When Polydor closed its Nashville operation, Toby Keith returned to Mercury Nashville, releasing Dream Walkin' in 1997. The bittersweet ballad, "When We Were in Love," went to No. 2, as did a cover version of rocker Sting's divorce ode "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying." The duet earned the unlikely pair a Grammy nomination, and Sting joined Keith for a performance on the 1997 CMA Awards telecast. Keith's Greatest Hits, Volume I followed in 1998, although its lead single, "Getcha Some," failed to crack the Top 10. (It has since sold more than 2 million copies.)
Unable to see eye to eye with Mercury, Keith moved to the fledgling DreamWorks Nashville label in 1999. There he worked with label head and producer James Stroud on the studio album How Do You Like Me Now?! The lead single, "When Love Fades," was a modest hit, but the title cut was a five-week No. 1 hit. Another single, "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This," also went to the top spot on the singles chart for three weeks.
The double-platinum success of How Do You Like Me Now?! also earned Toby Keith some long-awaited award nominations. Keith won two Academy of Country Music awards in 2000, for male vocalist and album. In 2001, he won his first CMA award, for male vocalist. His 2001 album, Pull My Chain, produced three No. 1 hits, "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight," "I Wanna Talk About Me" and "My List." (The latter two spent five weeks each at No. 1.) He was also nominated for six Academy of Country Music awards in 2001, though he didn't win any.
On March 24, 2001, Toby Keith's father, H.K. Covel, was killed in a traffic accident in Oklahoma. Covel's truck was sideswiped by another vehicle, which caused his truck to swerve into another lane, where it collided with a charter bus. Within six months, the events of 9/11 prompted Keith to write "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," a song about his father's patriotism that pulled no punches. As the lead single from the 2002 album Unleashed, the song peaked at No. 1 over the Independence Day weekend.
George Thorogood has been rockin' his blues infused hits since the late seventies, finally hitting it big with his signature track, "Bad to the Bone", in 1982. For the past few decades, he has been the baddest blues musician in the game. With his fifteenth album due out in July, 2011; George Thorogood has proven that he is still "Better than the Rest" and will continue with his hectic touring schedule throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the George Thorogood concert schedule 2011; Use Eventful as your source for George Thorogood tour dates and performance information.
The Delaware native started out with hopes of hitting it big in major league baseball. He was a semi-professional ball player before focusing his efforts towards music after watching a performance by blues legend, John P. Hammond, in 1970. Thorogood released his debut album, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, in 1976 and released the acclaimed Move It On Over in 1978. While recording and touring, Thorogood continued to play second-base in the Roberto Clemente baseball league until his bandmates forced him to quit the sport and focus full-time on the music. After receiving the "Rookie of the Year Award" from the league, Thorogood quit and the band released Better than the Rest, in 1979. George Thorogood tour dates with the Destroyers were the hottest ticket in the underground Rock and Blues scene during the late '70s.
The '80s would be the turning point for the blues-rock outfit. In 1980 George Thorogood tour dates were booked on the 50/50 Tour, which had the band playing in all fifty states in just fifty days! George Thorogood tour dates were booked on the supporting stage for the Rolling Stones's 1981 tour and the band performed on Saturday Night Live. Thorogood's signature song, "Bad to the Bone", was released in 1982 and the band achieved mainstream success. It has been licensed out to the films Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Problem Child, gaining the band mainstream attention. Thorogood released three Gold certified albums in the '80s including Bad to the Bone, Maverick, and Born to Be Bad, establishing himself as the hardest blues singer/guitarist in the business.
Since his heyday in the '80s, Thorogood has continued to tour and record as vigorously as he did when "Bad to the Bone" reigned on the radio. He scored another hit in 1993 entitled "Get a Haircut", which reached #2 on the Rock Charts and his greatest hits album, The Baddest of George Thorogood and the Destroyers, has been certified Platinum. Thorogood is currently putting the finishing touches on his fifteenth studio album, 2120 South Michigan Avenue, which is due out in 2011. To promote the disc, George Thorogood tour dates have been scheduled nationally. The bad boy of blues will visit mid-sized venues throughout the US this 2011. Relive the days of "Born to Be Bad" as it nears its thirtieth anniversary and is as bad as ever! Use Eventful as your source for George Thorogood tour dates and venue information.
An American Blues-rock band formed in Houston, Texas, hold the distinction of being one of the few rock groups still composed of its original members; Billy Gibbons (guitar and vocals), Dusty Hill (bass guitar and vocals), and Frank Beard (drums). Nearly as well-known as their music is the group's appearance: Gibbons and Hill are always pictured wearing "Cheap Sunglasses," similar (if not matching) clothing, and their trademark chest-length beards while, perhaps ironically, Beard sports a mustache but not a beard. Their song lyrics often feature sexual innuendo and humor.
The origin of the band's name is derived from the name of blues master B.B. King. They wanted to call themselves Z.Z. King but sounded too similar to their blues legend hero. They figured that "King" was at the "top" so thus settled on ZZ Top.