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Country Stars’ Real Names: Garth Brooks

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Real Name: Troyal Garth Brooks

A rose by any other name may still be a rose, but a Garth by any other name might not be country’s most successful artist ever. It’s hard to imagine an arena full of fans shouting “Troyal! Troyal! Troyal!” Garth Brooks made a wise decision by relying on his middle name, not the name passed down by his father, for a stage name. It was the first of a million small but important moves the advertising major made throughout his illustrious career.

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