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Garth Brooks frequently collaborates with his wife Trisha Yearwood, but many fans may not know that he co-wrote one of his biggest hits with his first wife, Sandy Mahl.

Brooks collaborated with Mahl on “That Summer,” but only after the original idea he developed with songwriter Pat Alger didn’t quite work out. In a 1996 TV show, Brooks recalled that the original story was about a married woman whose husband ignores her at a party, so she starts an affair with a single guy. Brooks’ producer, Allen Reynolds, told him he couldn’t support the characters in the song, and Brooks agreed.

As he drove home from this meeting with his then wife, he began to sing: “She had the need to feel the thunderand Mahl helped him write the final chorus of “That Summer.”

The last text tells the story of a “Teenager so far away from home“who loses his virginity to one”lonely widow woman“He’s going to work for a summer.

“She needed to feel the thunder / To chase the lightning from the sky / To watch a storm with all its wonders / Raging in her lover’s eyes / She needed to ride the heat of passion / Like a brightly burning comet / Headlong on the wind where only dreams have been / Burning both ends of the night”, Brooks sings on the chorus.

“That Summer” reached number 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart on July 3, 1993, after it was released as the fourth single from Brooks’ album, The hunt.

Brooks filed for divorce from Mahl on November 6, 2000 and has been married to Trisha Yearwood since December 2005.

Sterling Whitaker is a senior writer and managing editor at Taste of Country. He focuses on celebrity real estate as well as coverage of Yellowstone and related shows such as 1883 and 1923. He has interviewed cast members such as Cole Hauser, Kelly Reilly, Sam Elliott and Harrison Ford and Whitaker is also known for his in-depth interviews with country legends such as Don Henley, Rodney Crowell, Trace Adkins, Ronnie Milsap, Ricky Skaggs and more.

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Take a look inside Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s Malibu beach house:

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s former beach house in Malibu offered the country music power couple a beautiful vacation paradise to relax.

Brooks and Yearwood purchased their 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom, 4,000-square-foot home in Malibu in June 2008 for just under $5 million. The house itself is fairly simple, but very well-appointed and has an open floor plan.

The living room has a corner fireplace and multiple glass doors that lead to the backyard. The kitchen has marble countertops and skylights provide plenty of natural California sunlight. The den has floor-to-ceiling bookshelves on either side of a white brick fireplace.

The backyard is spectacular and features a loggia, outdoor fireplace, basketball court and elaborate landscaping. The home offers direct access to the world-famous Malibu beach via a staircase.

The couple sold the Malibu home in late 2016 for $7 million.

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