26 Years Ago: Garth Brooks’ ‘That Summer’ Hits No. 1
Twenty-six years ago today (July 3, 1993) was a thrilling day for Garth Brooks: It was on that date that he earned his 10th No. 1 hit with "That Summer," from 1992's The Chase.
Brooks co-wrote "That Summer" with Pat Alger and his then-wife, Sandy Brooks. With lyrics such as, "When I told her that I'd never / She softly whispered, 'That's alright' / And then I watched her hands of leather / Turn to velvet in a touch / There's never been another summer / When I have ever learned so much / She had a need to feel the thunder / To chase the lightning from the sky / To watch a storm with all its wonder / Raging in her lover's eyes," the song about a secret affair between a widowed woman and a young, inexperienced man quickly became one of Brooks' favorite songs of his career.
""That Summer" started out as a single guy and a married woman meeting at a party," Brooks recalls. "The married woman [was] being ignored by who she was with, and they snuck off together.
"[Producer] Allen Reynolds told me, 'Man, I just don't find myself pulling for these characters. It doesn't seem innocently cool,'" Brooks continues. "I was thinking that he was right.
"Going home that night in the truck, I started singing, 'She has a need to feel the thunder.' Sandy started helping me write the chorus, and we got the chorus done," he adds. "Probably one of the neat things that I love about "That Summer" is that I think the song is very sexy."
"That Summer" spent two weeks at the top of the charts. The Chase is available for purchase on Brooks' website.
This story was originally written by Gayle Thompson, and revised by Annie Zaleski.
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