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Brooks threatened to withhold his albums from stores that sell used CDs, calling the practice "evil". He dropped his boycott after dismal sales of his subsequent album, "In Pieces", forced him to distribute it in the stores he was boycotting. [July 1993]

His ex-wife, Sandy Mahl, was his college sweetheart.

Is obsessed with brushing his teeth. Claims to have over 80 toothbrushes in his house.

He spent the 1999 baseball Spring Training season with the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Arizona.

Once ended a television concert by smashing his guitar, and giving the pieces to a huge fan in the front row.

Attended Oklahoma State University on a javelin throwing scholarship.

Attended and graduated from Yukon High School in Yukon, Oklahoma.

Received his degree in advertising from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma (1984).

Parents are Troyal Raymond Brooks Jr. (1931-2010) and Colleen McElroy Carroll (1929-1999).

Has scored 18 No. 1 hits on Billboard magazine's Hot Country Singles chart. His biggest hits include "The Dance" and "Friends in Low Places" (both 1990); "The Thunder Rolls" (1991); "What She's Doing Now" (1992); and "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)" (1993), which was the first song since Glen Campbell's 1975 hit "Rhinestone Cowboy" to spend nonconsecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

His fall 2001 single, "Beer Run (B Double-E Double-R You In?)" is a duet with one of his idols, George Jones.

Had three daughters: Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks (born July 8, 1992), August Anna Brooks (born May 3, 1994) (hours before Brooks was named entertainer of the year for a fourth consecutive time at the Academy of Country Music Awards), and Allie Colleen Brooks (born July 28, 1996).

Brooks filed for divorce in Davidson County Circuit Court (Tennessee), citing irreconcilable differences. [November 2000]

Admitted in a Barbara Walters interview that he had cheated on his first wife repeatedly when he went on tour.

Announced his retirement. He's the only solo artist to have sold 10 million or more copies of four individual albums, and has publicly announced that he wants to be the first artist to sell 100 million albums. His last album, "Scarecrow", came out on November 13, 2001 (October 26, 2000).

Born on the same day as Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan.

Became engaged to Trisha Yearwood in Bakersfield, California on May 25, 2005.

Resides on a farm in Owasso, Oklahoma.

Put out a pre-soundtrack album as fictitious character Chris Gaines for the upcoming Paramount rock 'n' roll movie "The Lamb". When the movie's money issues caused production to stop, Garth was left with an album that many did not understand. He was not trying to be someone else as many wrongly assumed and it is still possible that the movie will someday finish production.

Recorded a tribute song to his late friend, Chris LeDoux, (who died on March 9, 2005 at age 56) entitled "Good Ride Cowboy", which became his 26th number one hit.

Is currently selling his music exclusively through WalMart after parting ways with Capitol Records in June 2005. The first item is a box set entitled "The Limited Series", which was released on November 25, 2005.

Martina McBride sold t-shirts on his tour, before she started her own successful musical career. Her husband, John McBride, worked for Garth by scoring his music.

The hit song, "The Change" was not written about the 1995 Oklahoma Bombing, as some people think, this was written months before and "Fresh Horses" was completely finished. Garth decided to dedicate the song and video to Oklahoma, complete with video footage of the aftermath.

Has third verses to his two hit songs "Friends in Low Place" and "The Thunder Rolls". They cannot be heard on the album "No Fences" (1990). The third verses can only be heard when Garth performs it live or on a Garth Brooks live album. Most country stations play the live versions of both now.

Has a street in Yukon, Oklahoma named after him.

When his album "Ropin' the Wind" (1991) debuted at #1 on the Billboard pop chart, this became the first country album ever to do so.

The music video to his song "Thunder Rolls" was banned from television due to the showing of domestic violence. The music video depicts a women shooting her husband during an argument. The ban on the music video has been lifted since the late 1990s.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1750 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on June 30, 1995.

Son-in-law of Jack Yearwood and Gwen Yearwood.

Brother-in-law of Beth Bernard.

His mother Colleen McElroy Carroll was a country singer in the 1950s.

Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 21, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.

He inducted fellow Okie, Carrie Underwood, as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on May 10, 2008. Underwood was invited to become a member of the Opry by Randy Travis on March 15, 2008, after she performed Travis' hit, "I Told You So.".

His daughter, Anna Brooks, gave birth to a girl, Karalynn, in July 2013 in Oklahoma.

Proposed to country singer Trisha Yearwood on stage Wednesday night (May 25) at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California. [May 2005]

He spent the 2004 baseball Spring Training season with the Kansas City Royals in Surprise, Arizona to raise awareness for a charity.

Played five sold out shows in two days at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to raise money for victims of the recent wildfires and to fund future firefighting efforts. [January 2008]

He spent the 2000 baseball Spring Training Season with New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

He was a four sport athlete in high school competing in football, basketball, baseball and track.

Disappointed and criticized by his conservative-leaning fans when he couldn't perform on Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration weekend.

Close friends with casino tycoon Steve Wynn.

Strong ticket sales prompted three additional shows in the Ohio city, preventing him from performing on Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration weekend.