Sunday, April 22, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Garth Brooks

Artist:Garth Brooks
Song:If Tomorrow Never Comes
Album:The Ultimate Hits

Garth Brooks was the biggest country music star of the 90s and one of the biggest stars in all of music. If Tomorrow Never Comes was his first number one country hit in 1989. He retired in 2001 but returned to performing in 2009. He was born Feb. 7, 1962 in Tulsa. His mom Colleen Carroll recorded country music for Capitol in the 50s. Brooks played guitar but was an athlete in high school and won a track scholarship to Oklahoma State University. He graduated with a degree in advertising in 1984. That marketing savvy would come in handy later. Brooks was a fan of singer songwriters like James Taylor but he was also a big George Jones fan and started performing in Oklahoma clubs. He married his college sweetheart Sandy Mahl and they moved to Nashville in 1987. Brooks signed with Capitol Records and producer Allen Reynolds in 1989. Reynolds started out in the 70s as a producer for legendary Sun Records recording engineer Jack Clement. Though Reynolds is mainly known for producing all of Brooks' albums, he has also worked with Don Williams, Crystal Gayle, Kathy Mattea and Emmylou Harris. Brooks' debut album Garth Brooks was released in 1989. If Tomorrow Never Comes was the second single but his first number one country hit. Even with all his other hits, Brooks considers it his signature song. Brooks was having trouble finding a songwriting partner when his manager introduced him to Kent Blazy. According to Brooks, Blazy wrote the If Tomorrow Never Comes in minutes. The two went on to write several songs together including Ain't Goin' Down ('Til The Sun Comes Up), She's Gonna Make It and Somewhere Other Than The Night. Of course Brooks went on to huge success in the 90s. According to the RIAA, he is the third best selling recording artist of all time following Elvis Presley and The Beatles. And he was a big concert draw too. By the late 90s he divorced his wife and attempted to turn himself into a movie star with the fictional enigmatic rocker Chris Gaines. Though the film was never produced, there was a Chris Gaines CD and Brooks made several TV appearances as Gaines. The CD sold OK but was not accepted by his fans or by critics. It turned out to be a big waste of time. After his divorce, Brooks started dating country singer Trisha Yearwood and they married in 2005. Meanwhile, he decided to retire and released his final CD Scarecrow in 2001. In 2005, Brooks signed to have his back catalog distributed by WalMart. This 2007 2CD/1DVD comp is available at a budget price. He said at the time he wasn't planning to record new material until 2015. He changed his tune a bit when he returned to regular performing at Encore Las Vegas in 2009. Last year he said he plans to tour again but nothing has been said about recording. This year Brooks will be inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. It remains to be seen if Garth Brooks can return to his heights of the 90s. Here's the video for If Tomorrow Never Comes by Garth Brooks. This video is not on Youtube.
Garth Brooks, If Tomorrow Never Comes

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