Garth Brooks' recording of "To Make You Feel My Love" reached number one sixteen years ago on August 1, 1998.
The song was penned by Bob Dylan and first released on his 1997 album "Time Out of Mind." Later that year, Billy Joel released his version as a single. During that time, Forest Whitaker approached Garth Brooks about recording the song for "Hope Floats," a movie he was producing.
Released as a single in 1999, the tune quickly became one of the year's biggest hits. Not only did it top the Billboard Country Airplay chart, it crossed over to the adult contemporary charts and peaked at number eight. It was ranked as the thirty-second most-played country song of 1998.
The song helped the "Hope Floats" soundtrack to achieve double-platinum status in 1998. Artists featured on the project included: Bob Seger, Martina McBride, Lila McCann, Deana Carter, Bryan Adams, and others. Trisha Yearwood provided an additional cover of "To Make You Feel My Love" for the album's closing. The soundtrack would hold the coveted top position on the Billboard Country Album chart from June 20 through August 21, 1998 until Shania Twain's "Come On Over" took replaced it.
"To Make You Feel My Love" landed Garth Brooks a Grammy nomination for Best Male Country Performance in 1999. This would mark his fifth overall nod in the category; he would lose to Vince Gill's "If You Ever Have Forever In Mind." Although he lost to Shania Twain's "You're Still The One" smash, Bob Dylan also scored a nomination in the Best Country Song category that year.
Garth released two more singles, "You Move Me," and "It's Your Song" before announcing his hiatus in December of 1999.
What does Garth miss most about touring?
Garth said in a 2009 interview, "What I miss are those faces. I miss those people that just say, 'We played To Make You Feel My Love Again at our wedding.'"