“Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue”: Fans Keep Toby Keith’s Legacy Alive and Well With a Fitting Boost

For over 30 years, Toby Keith toured the country, entertaining fans with hit songs like “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” and “How Do You Like Me Now?!” Throughout his time in the spotlight, Keith released 19 studio albums and sold over 40 million records. He even landed a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame. But on February 5, 2024, tragedy struck when the country singer passed away after battling stomach cancer for several years. With country music, fans, and celebrities taking a moment to honor the late star, it appears that over the 4th of July weekend, Keith’s songs saw a massive increase. 

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When it comes to honoring America, there are few who compare to Keith. Never backing down from his beliefs, the country singer held America and those serving in the armed forces in high regard. Loving to celebrate America’s independence, it seems that fans are keeping his legacy alive as Billboard presented some impressive numbers. Over the July 4th weekend, Keith’s music saw an increase of 165%. Looking at individual songs, “American Soldier” had an increase of 308% while “Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue” hit 356%. 

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Toby Keith Loved Celebrating America On July 4th

Always loving the holiday, Keith’s daughter, Krystal, explained how the day was going to be difficult for her given how much her father celebrated the day. “I’m expecting Fourth of July to just be the hardest one to take…That’s a time that we’ve always spent with him: We typically are at our lake house or the golf club, and that’s a really big holiday for him.”

Besides being a top name in country music, Keith was also a father who loved his kids. Just a few days after his passing, his son Stelen Keith Covel shared a picture of his dad holding him. He captioned the post with a heartfelt message. “You held a passion that was greater than mountains and it radiates through every lyric and chord. In the everlasting echo from the legacy of your music, you leave me strength and faith to lean on in the silence that follows. You truly did it your way, from the starting gates to the finish line, and never apologized for it.”

While missing his father, Covel insisted, “The only thing I truly ever wanted in life was to make you proud. I promise I will continue to make you proud. It’s not goodbye forever; it’s just goodbye for now.”

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