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Top 25 Garth Brooks Moments


Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks

Shelly Fabian

We've created a list of 25 of the most important moments in the career and life of Garth Brooks.

  1. Garth started a band called Santa Fe in 1985, as their lead singer.
  2. Garth marries Sandy Mahl in 1986
  3. Garth and Sandy, along with the band, Santa Fe move to Nashville in 1987. That same year, Garth performs at the Bluebird Cafe, where he is asked to join Capitol Records.
  4. Garth's second single, "If Tomorrow Never Comes" becomes his first No. 1.
  5. In 1990, Garth is asked to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  6. Garth becomes the first country artist to debut at the top of the Country Albums chart and Billboard Top 200 chart in 1991, with his release of Ropin' the Wind.
  7. Garth becomes a daddy, as Sandy gives birth to his first daughter Taylor Mayne Brooks, born on July 8, 1992.
  8. In 1993, Garth releases the album, In Pieces, which reflects that feel of a live show more than his previous albums had.
  9. Garth embarks on his first World Tour in 1994, where in Dublin, Ireland, 130,000 fans bought up the tickets to his four shows in less than two and a half hours.
  10. Garth filmed his Texas Stadium concert for an NBC special in 1994. Over 65,000 tickets were sold in less than 92 minutes. Fans wanted more, so a second show was added, which also sold out, then a third, which followed suit.
  11. Garth's second daughter, August Anna was born on May 3, 1994.
  12. In 1994, Garth released The Hits, which sold nearly 500,000 copies the first week. In the first week after the album came out, eight of the ten tracks charted on Billboard's Country Singles charts. Another record for Garth.
  13. Garth's third daughter, Allie Colleen Brooks was born on July 28, 1996.
  14. Garth plays Central Park to the largest crowd ever. An estimated 1 million fans piled in to see the show, and another 14.6 million watched the live broadcast on HBO.
  15. Garth's seventh album, appropriately named Sevens sells 896,932 copies in its first week, which was top album debut of any album released that year.
  16. Garth released his first box set, The Limited Series in 1998. Only 2 million copies were produced.
  17. In 1998, Garth's Double Live becomes the best selling Live album in musical history selling 1,085,373 copies in its first week.
  18. In 1999, Garth created his children's charity, Touch 'em All Foundation, and he joined the San Diego Padres for Spring Training to promote the charity.
  19. On August 6, 1999, Garth's mom, Colleen Carroll Brooks passed away from cancer.
  20. In 1999, Garth released the controversial In the Life of Chris Gaines. The album was to be an introduction to the music of the character of an upcoming motion picture. Unfortunately, the movie has still not seen the light of day, and while the album was criticized, it sold 2 million copies.
  21. On December 14, 1999, Garth announces on the Crook and Chase show that he will retire from touring.
  22. In 2000, Garth and Sandy separated, and Garth moved back to Oklahoma to be closer to his dad, and take a bigger part in the raising of his three daughters. The couple divorced in 2001.
  23. Also in 2000, Garth again went to Spring Training. This time with the New York Mets. This same year, he saw his record sales hit 100 million.
  24. In 2001, Garth releases what he says will be his final album, Scarecrow, followed by televised concerts from Los Angeles, CA, South Padre Island, TX, and Norfolk, VA.
  25. Garth proposed to fellow country star Trisha Yearwood at the unveiling of the Bronze Statues at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in May 2005. The couple marry on their Oklahoma farm in December that same year.

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