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Sunday, 9 June 2013

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks was born on February 7, 1962. His actual first name is Troyal (Garth is his middle name), the same first name as his father's.

Garths' parents hosted weekly talent shows for their family, in which they required their six children to participate, fostering their son's early creativity.

Garth Brooks went to Oklahoma State University on a javelin throwing scholarship. Brooks earned a bachelor's degree in advertising in 1985,

Brooks earned his Master's in business administration from Oklahoma State in 2011. He attended the ceremony and donned a cap and gown.

Garth was working as a bouncer at the Tumbleweed Ballroom, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, when he met Sandy Mahl, who would eventually would become his first wife and mother to his three daughters. He was breaking up a fight that had erupted between Sandy and another woman in the ladies' room.

Garth and his first wife, Sandy, announced plans to divorce in 2000 and did so in 2001. Garth married fellow country star Trisha Yearwood on December 10, 2005, at their home in Owasso, Oklahoma.

Garth Brooks signed with Capitol Records on June 17, 1988 launching one of the most successful music careers of all time.

Garth's second album, No Fences, was released in 1990. It enjoyed 23 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country music chart and eventually became his highest-selling album.

Brooks became the 65th member of the Grand Ole Opry on October 6, 1990, just 18 months after his debut album was released.

Garth's Ropin' the Wind was the first country album to ever debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

In 1994, when Garth played Dublin, Ireland, he drew the biggest crowds there since a 1979 visit from the pope.

Garth Brooks attracted the largest crowd ever at New York's Central Park —about 980,000— when he held a free concert with surprise guests Billy Joel and Don McLean on August 7, 1997.

Garth Brooks is a huge baseball fan and he participated in spring training for the San Diego Padres in both 1998 and 1999 plus the New York Mets in 2000, but he didn't make either team. The singer was released by the New York Mets from their roster on March 19, 2000 after having a zero-for-17 batting record during his spring training season with them.

Brooks returned to baseball, one last time, for an encore performance with the Kansas City Royals in 2004. Again he failed to get a place on the regular season roster, following his final spring training season, but Brooks was able to get a hit off Mike Myers.

In 1999, Garth introduced the fictional character of Chris Gaines (who was "born" August 1, 1967, in Brisbane, Australia.) Although The Lamb, the film featuring Garth as Chris Gaines, never materialized, a one-off album, Garth Brooks ... in the Life of Chris Gaines (also titled Greatest Hits) was released and scored a Top 5 pop hit, "Lost in You."

Garth Brooks was named the 1990s’ Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards on January 17, 2000. At the time of his Artist of the Decade win, Brooks had sold more than any other American recording artist.

Garth "retired" from performing and touring on October 26, 2000. The same day Capitol threw a party celebrating his sales of 100 million albums.

In 2000, Garth attempted to donate part of his liver for a transplant for ailing Chris LeDoux but he was deemed incompatible. Chris died of complications from liver cancer in 2005.

"More Than a Memory," Garth's 51st single, was released in 2007. Written by Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs and Billy Montana, the song became the first ever to debut at #1 on the country chart.

In January 2012, Garth Brooks was crowned the top-selling artist of the last two decades. Since 1991, he has sold 68,561,000 units, some five million more than the No. 2 act, the Beatles.

Brooks at the We Are One concert in 2009
In 2013 Brooks announced that he was returning to the spotlight with a world tour, which kicked off on September 4, 2014, in Chicago.

Garth Brooks is obsessed with brushing his teeth. He claims to have over 80 toothbrushes in his house.


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