“Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You“
Written by Toby Keith
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
June 14, 1996
Toby Keith previews his third album with a self-penned ballad.
The Road to No. 1
After “Who’s That Man” became his third No. 1 single, Boomtown produced three more hits: the top ten “Upstairs Downtown,” the top five “You Ain’t Much Fun,” and the top twenty “Big Ol’ Truck.” He returned to the top with the lead-off single from Blue Moon.
The No. 1
Toby Keith spent most of the nineties being pitched by his label as a variation of Vince Gill. They pushed him to do piano-based ballads and to lean in to a sensitive guy persona.
He sang these types of songs beautifully, as he does on “Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You.” But they often felt antiseptic, as if his rough edges were being completely smoothed out to fit on the radio.
“Blue Moon” features a phenomenal vocal performance that would have been better adorned with copious fiddle and steel, much like the way his DreamWorks-era ballads would be presented.
The Road From No. 1
“A Woman’s Touch” followed “Blue Moon” and it went top ten. Keith returned to the top with another sensitive guy ballad, which served as the third and final single from Blue Moon. We’ll cover it in early 1997.
“Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You” gets a B+.