Think you know country icon Garth Brooks? Well, you probably do. But just how well, we will find out. Because there are 10 fascinating facts about “The Thunder Rolls” singer that are fascinating. So read on and see just how much Garth Brooks trivia you knew.
Brooks Holds Two Degrees
Brooks has a bonafide education. His degrees aren’t honorary– he actually attended school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising in 1985 from Oklahoma State University. Then he attended the school again for his Master’s of Business Administration. Brooks finished his MBA in 2011 and even attended his graduation ceremony. Certainly, that’s helped him know how to market and build his empire.
Brooks Would Do Most Anything For A Friend
You know when people say they’d give their right arm to do something? Well, Brooks didn’t offer his right arm, but he offered something close. When Chris LeDoux was diagnosed with liver cancer, Brooks offered part of his liver. Brooks was not a match, unfortunately. And ultimately, LeDoux received a liver transplant (though he tragically died of complications a few years later).
Regardless of the fact he couldn’t, the fact that he was willing says a lot about what Brooks will do for his friends. And point-of-fact, Brooks’ 2005 No. 1 hit “Good Ride Cowboy” was written in memory of LeDoux.
Brooks Played Minor League Baseball
Brooks has always been a big sports fan. He grew up playing sports and even had a track-and-field scholarship to Oklahoma State University. And he’s always been a huge baseball fan. In 1999, the San Diego Padres signed him to a minor league contract. He played outfield and pinch hitting. His uniform number was 77. Ultimately, he didn’t achieve much success in his time there. He only scored one hit out of his 22 at-bats, with a batting average of .045.
But he still enjoyed going to spring training. He went with the Mets in 2000 and the Kansas City Royals in 2004.
Brooks Threw His First Wife Out of A Bar
In fairness, Sandy Mahl wasn’t Brooks‘ wife at the time. But he did throw her out of the bar when he was working as a bouncer his senior year in college. In an interview, Brooks described meeting Sandy that night. “My job was to escort people out that caused disturbances,” he recalled. “She beat me about nine times close to hell that night, too. I finally got her outside and I just kept noticing how cute she was… I asked her out. She told me to drop dead.”
He married her a couple of years later, in 1986. But then they divorced after 15 years of marriage.
Brooks Once Sang With KISS
Brooks has a penchant for rock and roll. And you can hear it in his music. He was one of the first modern country artists who added rock and pop sounds to his music and ultimately redefined the entire industry. So when the band produced their 1994 tribute album Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved, Brooks was happy to contribute. He sang lead vocal on “Hard Luck Woman.”
Brooks Doesn’t Regret His Chris Gaines Period
For a time, Brooks lived inconsistently as his Australian rock alter-ego, Chris Gaines. And people thought it was really odd. But he doesn’t regret that time.
“I love the music, and that’s what it’s all about,” Brooks told The Boot. “Would I love to do a second one? Sure. Would I ever drop that much weight again? I don’t think I could.”
He said that he thinks it was his appearance that made it a flop, not the concept (which is another reason he doesn’t regret it– he still believes in the idea). “There is a ton of Garth in Chris, once you start to get familiar with Chris’s music,” he insisted. “But one of the things that still will never settle easy with a lot of people, including my dad still doesn’t get it, is how this kind of face, that looks like this and has for a decade, sings a song that goes [sings in falsetto] ‘There’s no more waiting.’ It’s very strange to see that coming out of this face.”
Brooks Is Bonded To The Beatles
On the day that Garth Brooks was born (February 7, 1962), something really special was happening across the pond. A little band known as The Beatles were performing in the Cavern Club. Months away from their first big single, two international sensations were being born– one into their career, one into their life. It’s a cool coincidence.
And speaking of Garth Brooks and the Beatles, there’s another crossover. Thanks to Brooks, the Beatles are now the No. 2 biggest selling band in history. In January of 2012, Brooks was crowned the top-selling artist of the last two decades.
Brooks Had The First No. 1 Country Debut Album
Brooks‘ debut album, Ropin’ the Wind, was the first country album ever to debut at No. 1 the Billboard 200. When it took over that spot, it knocked off Metallica’s 1991 record. Since then, Brooks has sold 68,561,000 records.
Brooks Almost Had An Acting Career
According to Ranker.com, Brooks would have done some major films, but he got in his own way. According to the site, “A lawsuit filed by his business partner, Lisa Sanderson, in 2013 claims that Brooks tanked what could have been multiple lucrative deals by acting like a crazy person.” They allege that this included Brooks turning down a role in Twister and a role in Saving Private Ryan. (Apparently he thought no one would go see the latter).
Brooks Is the Man Behind GhostTunes
We all know that Brooks‘ music is notoriously difficult to find online because he doesn’t allow sites to stream it. He also scrubbed his videos from YouTube. So what he did instead was to create his own music site, GhostTunes. According to a CBS article, the name stems from Brooks combining Garth with the word “host” (hence, ghost).
Brooks is such a colorful character in country music. These fascinating facts about him only add to how endearing he is.