Country Throwback: Garth Brooks’ First-Ever TV Appearance in 1986 Shown on National TV by Jay Leno

by Joe Rutland
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Garth Brooks is not one to be shy, yet he might have wanted to find someplace else to be a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

On the show, Brooks is sitting in the usual guest seat next to Leno. A conversation starts up and Leno mentions he has a clip from Brooks’ first TV appearance as a singer on “AM Oklahoma” in 1986.

It caught Brooks a little off-guard yet he appears game to watch the clip himself.

Here are Leno and Brooks speaking while turning on the Wayback Machine to 1986 in Oklahoma City.

As the nearly minute-long clip plays, Brooks can be seen in the lower right-hand side of the screen. He appears to enjoy looking back at the clip, which shows him with a mustache and his backup band.

Garth Brooks Sometimes Forgets His Own Lyrics

In addition to being a long-time legend in country music, Brooks also plays many concerts and events most years. There are times where he’s on the ball with knowing each lyric to his songs. Sometimes, though, he forgets a line here and there.

Brooks revealed that three songs, in particular, gave him trouble, usually when playing live. Sometimes, he will also flub a verse to songs he covers from other artists. The three songs in question are “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up),” “That Summer,” and “Much Too Young.”

“All the time. If you ever hear me do live, I’ll do somebody else’s songs sometimes. And I’ll use a line from the second verse, third verse, whatever,” Brooks said. “My own stuff, ‘Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up),’ it’s a little tough sometimes. I need some help. I think we did the CBS special for Notre Dame. And ‘That Summer’ came up. I got choked up and started laughing and I totally lost where I was in the song.”

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