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Born: February 7, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Profession: Music ...
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Raised in Yukon, Oklahoma
1985:
Headed to Nashville in pursuit of a country music career; returned to Oklahoma within a week
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Joined the band Santa Fe
1987:
With Santa Fe and his new bride Sandy, moved to Nashville, writing songs while holding down a job at a boot store
1987:
Signed a songwriter's contract for publishing purposes; hooked up with manager Bob Doyle
1998:
Like his mother before him in the 1950s, signed to Capitol Records
1989:
Released his self-titled debut album, featuring the melancholic hit single "The Dance"; album went on to become a multiplatinum seller, and the most successful country album of the 1980s
1990:
Followed up success with the multiplatinum "No Fences", spawning the hit singles "Friends in Low Places" and "The Thunder Rolls"
1991:
Hit album "Ropin' the Wind" debuted at #1 on both the country and pop charts; the hit-filled album scored numerous Academy of Country Music Awards, <i>Billboand</i> Music Awards, American Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards as well as a Grammy
1991:
Headlined the NBC variety special "This Is Garth Brooks"
1991:
Played himself in an episode of the NBC sitcom "Empty Nest"
1992:
Released "Beyond the Season", a holiday album with proceeds going to Feed the Children
1992:
"The Chase", his fifth album is released, hitting #1 on <i>Billboard</i>'s pop and country album charts; graces the covers of <i>Time, People, Entertainment Weekly, Saturday Evening Post</i> and <i>Forbes</i>
1992:
Named Entertainer of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association
1993:
In protest of the marketing of used CDs and its subsequent drain on the purchase of new albums, threatened to pull his releases from any retailers that sold pre-owned recordings
1993:
Released the album "In Pieces", his third (and the third ever) album to debut at #1 on both <i>Billboard</i>'s pop and country charts
1993:
Sold out three shows at Dallas' Texas Stadium in a record-breaking 92 minutes; filmed second special "This Is Garth Brooks Too!" (NBC)
1994:
Released first greatest hits compilation "The Hits", another top ranking release on the pop and country charts
1995:
Seventh studio album "Fresh Horses" released to multiplatinum chart-topping sales
1995:
Starred in third NBC special "The Hits"
1996:
Toured extensively; respectfully turned down the Favorite Artist of the Year Award at the American Music Awards, asserting in a short speech that every artist is equally important
1996:
Featured in the VH-1 special "Garth Brook: Storytellers"
1997:
Released "Sevens", featuring the hit single "To Make You Feel My Love" from the soundtrack of the romance "Hope Floats"
1997:
Headlined HBO special "Garth -- Live From Central Park"
1998:
Was host of and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" (January)
1998:
Released "Garth Brooks: The Limited Series", a box set of his first 6 CDs and "Double Live", an aptly titled live double album
1999:
Attended spring training exercises with the San Diego Padres, a professional baseball team
1999:
Received Artist of the Decade as well as Artist of the Year honors from the Academy of Country Music
1999:
Premiered his alt-rock alter ego Chris Gaines (his character in the as-yet unproduced feature "The Lamb") with the album "The Life of Chris Gaines"
2000:
Attended spring training excercises with the New York Mets
2000:
Wrote and performed "When You Come Back to Me", the theme from the time travel tearjerker "Frequency"; earned Golden Globe nomination
2000:
Plans for a Graceland-like museum/home in Goodlettsville, Tennessee were shot down by the city council
2000:
In October, two weeks after announcing his impending divorce, announced plans to enter semi-retirement, slated to possibly release two albums in 2001 but choosing not to tour in support of any releases until his children are grown
2001:
Hosted three live variety specials that aired on CBS under the catch-all title "Garth Brooks: Coast to Coast Live"

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