22 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Hits No. 1 With ‘Shameless’
22 years ago today (Nov. 16, 1991 ), Garth Brooks earned his seventh No. 1 single with the tune ‘Shameless,’ from his ‘Ropin’ the Wind’ album.
The song was written and originally recorded by Billy Joel, for Joel’s 1989 ‘Storm Front’ album. Joel’s version landed in the Top 40 on the pop charts, but it was Brooks’ version that took the song all the way to No. 1 on the country charts in 1991.
The country music superstar says he became familiar with the song after receiving Joel’s ‘Storm Front’ CD in the mail from a record club, while he was on tour. As the story goes, Brooks became enamored with Joel’s music, and requested permission to record the tune.
Brooks appears on the song with Joel for the rocker’s ‘Live at the Shea Stadium: The Concert’ album, which was released in 2011.
‘Ropin’ the Wind’ went on to sell more than 14 million albums, becoming one of the most successful records of Brooks’ career.