Among the historical reissues he has produced are boxed sets of the works of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Hoagy Carmichael, Lester Young and Bing Crosby.
- 1987-present: Producer/archivist for CBS Records and Sony Music. Winner of six Grammy Awards as producer, co-producer or liner-note author.
- 1981: Became chief producer for Time Life Music's mail-order record division.
- 1977: Returned to CBS as reissue producer for its Columbia special products division.
- 1976: Left CBS to work for Hammond at his short-lived music company, SNUM.
- 1971: Producer John Hammond hired Brooks to work on jazz reissues at CBS Records.
- 1960: Began career as book trade editor and advertising executive.