Let’s hop in our metaphorical time machine and take a trip down memory lane.
On July 8, 1961 Toby Keith was born in Clinton, Oklahoma. Toby Keith would make a huge impact on the country music scene from the very first single he dropped. Keith made his debut with the song ‘Should’ve Been a Cowboy’ which topped the US Country Charts, and went on to be named the most played country song of the entire 90’s decade. According to Broadcast Music Incorporated, the song has seen an additional three million plus spins since then.
Other popular Toby Keith tracks include: ‘I Love this Bar’, Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue’, ‘Red Solo Cup’, ‘As Good As I Once Was’, ‘American Soldier’, ‘Beer for My Horses’, ‘How Do You Like Me Now?’, ‘I Wanna Talk about Me’, ‘Who’s that Man’, ‘Made in America’, and many more.
On July 8, 1973 the US Country Charts were being topped by Kris Kristofferson and his song ‘Why Me’. ‘Why Me’ would feature on Kristofferson’s album, Jesus Was a Capricorn. The single featured backing vocals from Rita Coolidge who, at the time, was Kristofferson’s soon to be wife. The track also featured vocals from an up and coming singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin. ‘Why Me’ would go on the become the biggest hit of Kris Kristofferson’s career.
On July 8, 1985 Merle Haggard was at number one on Country Music charts with his single ‘Natural High’. The song featured on the album, It’s All in the Game. ‘Natural High’ also featured back up vocals from Janie Fricke. The song spent a total of twelve weeks on the country chart, and was Haggard’s thirty third overall number one single of his career. Merle Haggard would also perform ‘Natural High’ during the Live at Farm Aid concert in 1985.