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Toby Keith, Garth Brooks and Friends Play for Tornado Relief

Record crowd attends Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert.

photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Shock Ink
photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Shock Ink

Toby Keith’s birthday is today (July 8), but he was actually the one doing the giving at his Oklahoma Twister Relief show held July 6 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla.

Sources say that more than 65,000 fans braved mid-90s heat for the sold-out benefit, which featured performances from Okie Toby as well as his friends Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn, Sammy Hagar, Carrie Underwood, Wade Hayes and others. Also on hand for the proceedings were former University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer as well as Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

Toby and Willie duetted on their hit “Beer for My Horses” as well as “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” and Toby provided backup on the Red Headed Stranger’s “I’ll Fly Away,” “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” and others.

Sammy’s set included his Ronnie Dunn co-written “Bad on Fords and Chevrolets,” and Ronnie’s featured his new single, “Kiss You There,” as well as his song “Peace, Love & Country Music,” which he dedicated to storm victims.

The event drew the highest tally of paying guests ever at the stadium, with proceeds benefiting the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s May Tornadoes Relief Fund. To make your own pledge, visit

photo by Steve Martine/EB Media PR

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