It was 25 years ago this month that an Oklahoma singer-songwriter galloped onto the country music scene with a song called "Should've Been a Cowboy."
Released to radio 25 years ago this month, it went on to be the most-played country song of that decade and kicked off a multiplatinum-selling career for Toby Keith that eventually blazed the trail to his 2015 induction in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The story behind "Should've Been a Cowboy" has become part of country music folklore: Keith was at a bar with some hunting buddies when one of his pals asked a woman to dance. She declined. A cowboy approached the same woman and his dance request was accepted, prompting Keith to say, "John, you should've been a cowboy." That night, back at his hotel, Keith wrote the song in about 20 minutes, holed up in the bathroom as his roommate slept. His inspiration included the TV series "Gunsmoke."
While sound-checking with the song as a member of a house band, Keith was approached by the late Chris LeDoux, who asked to record the song. Keith informed him he'd just been signed to Mercury and the song would be his first single.
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