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On Dec. 2, Garth Brooks stars in the new

CBS spe­cial Garth: Live at Notre Dame!, recorded at his con­cert at the In­di­ana uni­ver­sity. Here are wve facts you may not know about Brooks, 56, the best-sell­ing solo artist in U.S. his­tory. A solid ath­lete, he’s done spring train­ing with the New York Mets, the San Diego Padres and the Kansas City Roy­als. He will sing love duets only with his wife, Tr­isha Year­wood. Brooks was sell­ing cow­boy boots when, in be­tween cus­tomers, he wrote “Not Count­ing You,” which be­came one of his wrst hits in

1990. The el­dest of his three daugh­ters is named Tay­lor in honor of singer James Tay­lor. His mu­sic went out of this world when Col. Bill McArthur brought a copy of Brooks’

The Hits on board the Rus­sian Mir space sta­tion in 1995.

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