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Toby Keith enters Okie Hall of Fame

Monday, November 12, 2007 – Toby Keith was among eight Oklahomans who joined the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Thursday in an induction ceremony in Oklahoma City. scheduled to be honored at the

They are among 621 others who have been honored since 1928.

Keith's appearance was delayed when his son Stelen's football game went into five overtimes. Keith coached the "Mud Dogs" which won the game and qualified for the league Super Bowl.

Determined to make the induction ceremony, Keith dialed up a helicopter charter for the short flight from his Norman home to the venue. Once there, he was introduced as the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Orchestra played his "How Do You Like Me Now?!," Keith was presented for induction by Marine General James L. Jones, former commander of Supreme Allied Command Europe.

Jones's presence was meaningful to Keith because he encouraged the singer to record and release "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (Angry American)" after hearing Keith play it for U.S. troops. Other attendees at the ceremony included producer and industry executive Harold Shedd who originally signed Keith to his first record deal, as well as Keith's manager T.K. Kimbrell and booking agent Curt Motley.

"Everywhere I go, from Iraq to Japan and to the 50 states here, people know I am a face of Oklahoma, and they make me know it," Keith said in his acceptance speech. "I would never live anywhere else. I am an Oklahoma Sooner."

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