Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson
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Country music superstar Alan Jackson has been around a while, but that doesn’t mean that his fans know everything about him that there is to know. He has sold over 80 million albums and is known for his traditional country sound. Here are five things that you might not know about Alan Jackson.

5. One time Alan Jackson was forced to sing from a track

He was not happy about it and wanted a live band instead. In protest, his drummer used his hands instead of sticks. This was just their way of making sure the audience knew it wasn’t as live as they expected. Alan Jackson always stands up for what he believes in.

4. He once had a contract with Fruit of the Loom underwear and they paid him $40 million

Jackson didn’t even have to strip down for them. Instead he just had to do their commercials and he still made the big paycheck for the job. He did do a few concerts for them as well for the money, but it had to be worth it. He also did commercials for Ford trucks and Miller Lite during his career.

3. Alan Jackson is known for wearing his cowboy hat and a lot of fans would not recognize him without it on his head

The thing is he actually started wearing it to cover up a scar on his forehead that he didn’t want anyone to see. This scar happened when he was just a young kid growing in Georgia. Obviously it just stuck and it became a signature look for the country star. He shared that one reason he started wearing long hair was because he didn’t have time to get it cut being on the road all the time.

2. Jackson and his wife Denise have a few interesting stories about their relationship

They first met because he tried to impress her by flipping a penny down her shirt and then asking if he could get it out for her. The next thing he did was hide in the back of her car and when she started to drive he popped up and scared her. They now have three daughters together, but they did split up for a while back in 1997 and then got back together again. Her maiden name was actually Jackson as well so her name didn’t even change when they tied the knot.

1. Growing up in Newnan, Georgia, Alan Jackson lived in a home that was built around his grandfather’s tool shed

They did not have running water, but his dad worked as a mechanic. He lived here with his parents and was the youngest of five children. Many family members lived close by though. Jackson got his own job right away and started making money for himself. He didn’t move to Nashville until he was 27 years old, but his first job there was working in a mail room and not a music gig. Of course it didn’t take him long to get his career going and he hasn’t stopped making music ever since.