Troyal Garth Brooks was not only the biggest country music star in the 1990's, he was also the most popular new musical act in the United States.  Between 1989 and 1996, 60 million of his albums were sold, and his concerts have tallied up similar record breaking numbers.  Along the way he set a new standard for success in country music.

Brooks was the sixth and last child to join the family of Troyal and Colleen Brooks.  In the 1950's his mother appeared on the "Ozark Jubilee" television show, she also recorded for two small labels.  While attending Oklahoma State University, Brooks started performing in night clubs.  Brooks went to Nashville in 1985, but ended in disappointment.  He went back in 1987 with his first wife and found success.

Two ballads, "If Tomorrow Never Comes" hit number one in 1989 and "The Dance," his second number one hit, in 1990.  In the summer of 1990, his second album, "No Fences," brought record breaking success when fueled by the song "Friends in Low Places."  It sold more than 700,000 copies.  As of 2010, Brooks worldwide sales exceeded 190 million albums, singles and videos.  On October 26, 2000, he officially retired and he also divorced his first wife and later married Trisha Yearwood, December 10, 2005.

In October 2009, he started performing on the Las Vegas strip ending his retirement.  Sunday August 26th, it's another Sunday morning classic spotlight extra featuring Garth Brooks.  Join me for the life and music of Garth Brooks at 11 AM on the 98 Country Classic show 9a.m. to 1p.m. 98.1 FM 98 Country.