History Music / GarthBrooks

23rd Jun '17 3:57:24 PM IlGreven
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* TheCityVsTheCountry: "Alabama Clay" is Garth's biggest example of this trope.
23rd Jun '17 3:53:16 PM IlGreven
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** Judging by the song "8teen" on ''Gunslinger'', the number 18 appears to be Garth's lucky number.
23rd Jun '17 3:51:36 PM IlGreven
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** Another perspective maker: Garth's album ''Ropin' the Wind'' was the first country album to debut at #1 on the ''Billboard 200'' albums chart. This is the chart for ''all'' albums, not just country. Perspective? It first held the position between Music/{{Metallica}}'s Black album and ''[[Music/UseYourIllusion Use Your Illusion II]]'' by Music/GunsNRoses. Then it went back to #1 after two weeks of ''Illusion'', and then was knocked off the spot by Music/{{U2}}'s ''Music/AchtungBaby'' and Music/MichaelJackson's ''Music/{{Dangerous}}''. Then in January 1992, it knocked off Music/{{Nirvana}}'s ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'' off the top spot, only a week after Nirvana had done the same to ''Dangerous'', stayed there for two more weeks before ''Nevermind'' returned to #1 on 1 February, then returned with a vengeance on 8 February and stayed at #1 until ''4 April'', when it was pushed off by the ''Film/WaynesWorld'' soundtrack. Basically, ''Ropin' the Wind'' was #1 '''four separate times'''. And guess what happened whenever Metallica, Guns N' Roses, U2, Michael Jackson and Nirvana took the #1 position instead? Why, ''Ropin' the Wind'' stayed constantly on #2, of course, except for the weeks of 5 and 12 October 1991 where it was #3 after ''Use Your Illusion I'' landed at #2 instead.

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** Another perspective maker: Garth's album ''Ropin' the Wind'' was the first country album to debut at #1 on the ''Billboard 200'' albums chart. This is the chart for ''all'' albums, not just country. Perspective? It first held the position between Music/{{Metallica}}'s Black album and ''[[Music/UseYourIllusion Use Your Illusion II]]'' by Music/GunsNRoses. Then it went back to #1 after two weeks of ''Illusion'', and then was knocked off the spot by Music/{{U2}}'s ''Music/AchtungBaby'' and Music/MichaelJackson's ''Music/{{Dangerous}}''. Then in January 1992, it knocked off Music/{{Nirvana}}'s ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'' off the top spot, only a week after Nirvana had done the same to ''Dangerous'', stayed there for two more weeks before ''Nevermind'' returned to #1 on 1 February, then returned with a vengeance on 8 February and stayed at #1 until ''4 April'', when it was pushed off by the ''Film/WaynesWorld'' soundtrack. Basically, ''Ropin' the Wind'' was #1 '''four separate times'''. And guess what happened whenever Metallica, Guns N' Roses, U2, Michael Jackson and Nirvana took the #1 position instead? Why, ''Ropin' the Wind'' stayed constantly on #2, of course, except for the weeks of 5 and 12 October 1991 where it was #3 after ''Use Your Illusion I'' landed at #2 instead. Even better, his previous album, ''No Fences'' (aka the one with "Friends in Low Places") was on the charts at the same time, and could only peak at #3 thanks in large part to ''Ropin' the Wind''.
18th May '17 6:12:19 PM Twentington
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* RecordProducer: Garth worked with producer Allen Reynolds on all of his "main" albums, with [[Music/WasNotWas Don Was]] producing the Chris Gaines album. After Reynolds retired in the mid-2000s, he had his engineer Mark Miller[[note]]not the same person as the lead singer of Sawyer Brown[[/note]] handle ''Blame It All on My Roots'' (plus Steve Buckingham on one track) and ''Man Against Machine''.
** Brooks also produced one of Ty England's albums (and he covered two of the songs on that album).

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* RecordProducer: Garth worked with producer Allen Reynolds on all of his "main" albums, with [[Music/WasNotWas Don Was]] producing the Chris Gaines album. After Reynolds retired in the mid-2000s, he had retired, his sound engineer Mark Miller[[note]]not the same person as the lead singer of Sawyer Brown[[/note]] handle ''Blame It All on My Roots'' (plus Steve Buckingham on one track) and ''Man Against Machine''.
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Miller got promoted to producer. Brooks also himself produced one of Ty England's albums (and he covered two of the songs on that album).



** To put this in perspective: The country music singles charts are tabulated entirely by airplay, not by physical sales or downloads like the all-genre Hot 100 and certain other charts. The nearly 120 stations surveyed by ''Billboard'' each had to play "More Than a Memory" an average of 30 to 35 times ''in one week.'' What's more, Garth was on an independent label at the time.

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** To put this in perspective: The country music singles charts are at the time were tabulated entirely by airplay, not by physical sales or downloads like the all-genre Hot 100 and certain other charts. The nearly 120 stations surveyed by ''Billboard'' each had to play "More Than a Memory" an average of 30 to 35 times ''in one week.'' What's more, Garth was on an independent label at the time.
15th Mar '17 10:13:09 AM IlGreven
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* ''Christmas Together'' (2016, with Music/TrishaYearwood)
18th Feb '17 10:22:11 AM Twentington
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The vast majority of his albums during his peak on Creator/CapitolRecords drew from the same pool of session musicians (Bruce Bouton, Mark Casstevens, Mike Chapman, Rob Hajacos, Chris Leuzinger, Milton Sledge, and Bobby Wood), longtime producer Allen Reynolds, and longtime sound engineer Mark Miller[[note]]not the lead singer of Sawyer Brown[[/note]], collectively known as the "G-Men". Recurring writers such as Pat Alger, Tony Arata, Kim Williams, Victoria Shaw, and Kent Blazy shaped some of his biggest hits, although he was no slouch to writing his own material or covering obscurities from others. His most famous songs range from slick ballads ("The Dance", "Unanswered Prayers", "What She's Doing Now", "The River") to large anthemic songs ("Friends in Low Places", "Shameless", "More than a Memory"), with various other styles in between.



For most of the 21st century, he has been in semi-retirement with his wife, fellow country singer Trisha Yearwood, and his daughters from his first wife. In November 2009, he announced that he would un-retire ''yet again'' to do a show in Vegas.

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For most of the 21st century, he has been in semi-retirement with his wife, fellow country singer Trisha Yearwood, Music/TrishaYearwood, and his daughters from his first wife. In November 2009, he announced that he would un-retire ''yet again'' to do a show in Vegas.



* AdvertisedExtra: Garth was one on Music/TrishaYearwood's "Like We Never Had a Broken Heart" (which he co-wrote), and had one with Music/SteveWariner on "Longneck Bottle". Both he and Wariner sang background vocals on their respective songs (though Wariner also contributed with guitar.)
* ArcNumber: ''Sevens'' had a ton of sevens hidden in the album art (including "VII" fashioned from the text of the album title), and 777,777 special "first editions" were issued.

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* AdvertisedExtra: Garth was one on Music/TrishaYearwood's "Like We Never Had a Broken Heart" (which he co-wrote), and had one with Music/SteveWariner Steve Wariner on "Longneck Bottle". Both he and Wariner sang background vocals on their respective songs (though Wariner also contributed with guitar.)
* ArcNumber: ''Sevens'' had a ton of sevens [[EasterEgg hidden in the album art art]] (including "VII" fashioned from the text of the album title), and 777,777 special "first editions" were issued.
11th Feb '17 2:32:08 PM IlGreven
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* GhostStory: "The Beaches of Cheyenne", although WordOfGod is that it wasn't originally intended to be one.

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* GhostStory: "The Beaches of Cheyenne", although WordOfGod is that it wasn't originally intended to be one. In fact, he claims it was supposed to be about a businessman dreaming of being a rodeo rider, but a bit of PronounTrouble changed its direction completely.
26th Dec '16 5:26:39 AM Gosicrystal
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* ByNoIMeanYes: "Not Counting You":
-->Not counting you, I've never had a heartache\\
Not counting you, I never have been blue\\
There's no exceptions to the rule, I've never been nobody's fool\\
I've never lost in love, not counting you



* NoExceptYes: "Not Counting You":
-->Not counting you, I've never had a heartache\\
Not counting you, I never have been blue\\
There's no exceptions to the rule, I've never been nobody's fool\\
I've never lost in love, not counting you
18th Oct '16 2:19:07 PM Twentington
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* ''Gunslinger'' (2016)
1st Oct '16 4:12:49 PM Twentington
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* SelfDeprecation: Brooks once famously said that he thought he looked "like a thumb wearing a cowboy hat".

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* SelfDeprecation: Brooks has often joked about his weight, and once famously said that he thought he looked "like a thumb wearing a cowboy hat".
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