Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1991 Garth Brooks' interpretation of the Billy Joel song "Shameless" rose to #1 on the Billboard country chart?

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Here are 5 interesting facts about Garth Brooks.

  • He was working as a bouncer at the Tumbleweed Ballroom, in Stillwater, Okla., when he met Sandy Mahl, who would eventually become his first wife and mother to his three daughters. He was breaking up a fight that had erupted between Sandy and another woman in the ladies’ room.
  • On a trip home to Yukon, Okla., in March 1991, Garth watched as a sign on the town’s water tower was unveiled, reading: “Home of Garth Brooks.” One month later, Garth won a record-setting six ACM awards.
  • The opening act on Garth’s solo tour in 1992, his first as a headliner, was Martina McBride.
  • In 2000, Garth attempted to donate part of his liver for a transplant for ailing Chris LeDoux but he was deemed incompatible. Chris died of complications from liver cancer in 2005.
  • Garth, who earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising in 1985, earned his Master’s in business administration from Oklahoma State in 2011. He attended the ceremony and donned a cap and gown.