11 Years Ago: Toby Keith Hits No. 1 With ‘I Love This Bar’
Eleven years ago today (Nov. 15), Toby Keith earned his 12th No. 1 single with ‘I Love This Bar,’ but chances are, he had no idea how much the song would impact his life.
Written by Keith and Scotty Emerick, the song describes the patrons of a local bar, who include “winners, losers, chain smokers and boozers.” It was accompanied by a video shot at a bar in Chatsworth, Calif., called the Cowboy Palace Saloon.
The tune, which was the debut single from Keith’s ‘Shock’n Y’all’ album, stayed at the top of the charts for a total of five weeks. But more importantly, ‘I Love This Bar’ spawned an entirely new business for the singer, who launched his own restaurant chain, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill. Keith opened the first one in his home state of Oklahoma in 2005, with a total of 26 locations in operation or coming soon.
Still, Keith insists his first focus is still making music.
“I definitely didn’t get into this business to open restaurants,” he tells CMT.