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Based on popular demand, we have collected 5 of the most poignant and memorable moments from our Toby Keith Memorial Special.

Toby Keith memorial - toby sits with an acoustic guitar wearing a cowboy hat

The Country music world was heartbroken on February 6th when the news of Toby Keith‘s death was released. Toby lost his 2-year stomach cancer battle at just 62 years old.

A message shared on his social media accounts, read:

“Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on February 5th, surrounded by his family.  He fought his fight with grace and courage. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time.”

Toby Keith memorial - Recording artist Toby Keith accepts USO award onstage during ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To The Troops

He recently told Backstage Country the following after playing a trio of sold-out shows in Las Vegas.

“You have to be the captain of your own ship. You have to have a lot of faith in your creator, the Almighty. And then you just have to pray for direction. You just have to go with your gut and pray for direction until you finally get everything in the right place. And I feel like we’re there.”

Toby Keith: A Country Life

Toby Keith Memorial - Toby Keith performs onstage for the BMI Icon Award during the 2022 BMI Country Awards at BMI

On Sunday, February 18, 2024, we debuted our Toby Keith memorial special called, Toby Keith: A Country Life.

The Toby Keith Memorial Special, hosted by Razz on the Radio, celebrated the country music icon’s life. It included Toby’s music and highlighted his relationships with other country music artists, the military, and Philadelphia.

Keep Scrolling To Hear The 5 Most Poignant & Memorable Moments From The Toby Keith Memorial Special

  • Toby's Work Ethic:

    Toby Keith performs during the 2012 Country Stampede - Day 3

    Toby is known for hitting the road hard. Doing tons of shows for fans and our troops. That work ethic was instilled at a young age because of his parents.

    “…Everybody talks about how fortunate or lucky, or blessed, you are. Well, that’s really good and fine, but if you get up every day and work hard, you’ll get lucky, you know?”


  • Blake Shelton On Toby:

    Toby Keith Memorial - Toby Keith (L) and Blake Shelton perform onstage during the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards

    Blake and Toby had a strong friendship. From touring to recording together, Blake looked up to Toby and absorbed all the knowledge from the legend from running the road together. Blake asked Toby about why they even toured together in the first place.

  • Toby On George Jones Show:

    Toby Keith Memorial - Country western recording artist Toby Keith poses for photos at a press conference

    Toby’s rise to stardom was fast. But you never really make it to the top until a legend gives you praise. Toby’s first song climbed the charts after a flight attendant handed a record rep a cassette tape of Toby’s music. Eventually, Toby found himself on the George Jones show where the country music legend sang along with Toby.

  • Toby And Military Shows:

    Toby Keith Memorial - Country music star Toby Keith plays (R) plays with Scotty Emerick during a United Service Organizations (USO) performance May 17, 2005

    Toby’s patriotism was larger than life. Toby was well known for his commitment to the USO, a value instilled in him by his father who was a veteran. Toby never took a penny when performing for our troops.

    “I made so many great relationships through the military. And, you know, I went for two weeks, the first time to honor my dad. And ten years later, 180 shows. Now I’m doing it for those people, you know what I mean? It’s like two weeks of my life is not that much to ask to serve.”

  • Andie Summers And Toby Keith:

    Andie Summers and Toby Keith

    Andie Summers relflects on the special relationship Toby had with the Delaware Valley. Click here to watch here talking about Toby on 6ABC.

    Toby’s outlook on life was unique. He viewed the world from multiple standpoints and it was one of the ways he became so successful. Andie Summers asked him about that during one of his visits to Philadelphia. Hear what he had to say.

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