Garth Brooks is one of the most celebrated musical stars on the planet. He is the biggest solo albums artist in the United States with 148 million domestic units sold, and is second only to the Beatles in total album sales overall. He is also the focus of the new A&E documentary The Road I’m On, which details his meteoric rise to fame.
Brooks has credited much of his success to his childhood experiences, and the influence of his parents, Troyal “Raymond” Brooks and Colleen Brooks. Read on to learn more about his parents, their respective backgrounds, and how they inspired a country music icon.
1. Brooks’ Father Raymond Was a Former U.S. Marine & Oil Company Worker
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Brooks’ father, Troyal “Raymond” Brooks, was a former U.S. Marine. According to Random House, he worked as an engineer and draftsman for one of Tulsa’s biggest oil companies, Union of California. Brooks said that his father made a point of raising him and his siblings right, and so they were constantly reminded to act courteously.
When Brooks asked permission for something, the answer was “yes” or “no.” He was not allowed to go out of his yard unless he asked his mom or dad first. That said, Raymond was constantly on hand to entertain and play with his children. It’s said that the elder Brooks enjoyed playing guitar and singing as a hobby, and he instilled this love for music in the rest of the family.
During an interview with Biography, Brooks said that his father was a realist, and that he preached finding a practical solution. “Dad would tell you things, man. My dad, he was sweet, full of love,” he recalled. “But he’s going to be a realist.” Raymond died in 2010.
2. Brooks’ Mother Colleen Was a Professional Singer & Radio Personality
Brooks’ mother Colleen Brooks (nee Carroll) was a professional singer. She was featured on “Red Foley’s Ozark Jubilee,” which was a pioneering radio and television show in Oklahoma. Her positive notices on the show caught the attention of Capitol Records, who promptly signed her to a record …read more