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KEITH, Toby

(b Oklahoma City OK) Former rodeo hand, oil field worker and semi-pro football player who became a successful country singer and songwriter early '90s following more than a dozen years playing the local Oklahoma bar-band circuit. He recorded with his own Easy Money band for local independent labels '87--90; producer Harold Shedd signed him to Mercury-Nashville '91; debut single 'Should've Been A Cowboy' no. 1 country '93; since then a regular in country top ten with 'He Ain't Worth Missing' '93, 'Who's That Man' no. 1 '94, 'You Ain't Much Fun' '95, 'Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You' '96. He moved through Polygram labels Polydor, A&M-Nashville, back to Mercury-Nashville as the company tried to set up a second Nashville label; this had little effect on sales as all his albums were hits, self-titled debut '93 and Boomtown '95 the biggest.