Memory Powers Toby Keith’s Writing

BMI artist-songwriter of the year Toby Keith has a knack for remembering song lyrics — even when he’s composing them himself. “He never writes a lyric down, never writes anything down, never,” Keith’s manager, T.K. Kimbrell, said Tuesday night at BMI’s black-tie awards dinner. “He’s got it in his head. He’ll listen to a John Prine song and he can say it word for word after he hears it.” Keith’s new album, Pull My Chain, was certified platinum, for shipments of 1 million copies, this week, Kimbrell said. The honor comes within weeks of the album’s release on Aug. 28. 11/07/01