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The ballad began Brooks' run of 19 Hot Country Songs leaders to date.

On Dec. 9, 1989, Garth Brooks' "If Tomorrow Never Comes" reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, becoming his first leader.

The ballad, written by Brooks and Kent Blazy, was released as the second of four singles from Brooks' self-titled first LP. The set also spun off his second No. 1, "The Dance."

Born in Tulsa, Okla., on Feb. 7, 1962, Brooks was a boot salesman before signing with Capitol Records in June 1988. He joined the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 6, 1990, the same date that "Friends in Low Places" became his third No. 1; that night, he performed all three of his leaders to that point.

Now 57, the superstar, who is married to Trisha Yearwood, has rolled up 19 No. 1s, among 36 top 10s. Brooks, who entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012, won the entertainer of the year trophy for a seventh time at the Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 13.

Brooks' latest hit, "Dive Bar," with Blake Shelton, has hit the Hot Country Songs top 25. On Feb. 22, 2020, he'll kick off a new round of stadium concerts in Detroit.

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