Garth Brooks gets surprised by footage of his first ever television appearance during a stop to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Back in 1986, Brooks was struggling to make a name for himself. He and his band, Santa Fe, had only been playing together for a few days when they got a gig to play the A.M. Oklahoma morning show. It was the first time that Brooks had ever appeared on television, but his charming personality already helped him stand out on the small screen.
During their performance, Brooks and Santa Fe supplied covers of George Strait’s “Nobody In His Right Mind” and Charlie Daniels’ “Drinking My Baby Goodbye”. It was a milestone moment for Brooks, who used his incredible talent and winning personality to win over the world just a few years later. Thankfully, he shaved off that tiny mustache before doing so.
In this clip from his visit to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Brooks is revisited by a ghost of television appearances past. He takes it stride, letting out some laughs and shaking his head as he shows just how far he had come in a few short years.