A Brief History of the Career of Chris LeDoux
Chris LeDoux was born on October 2, 1948 in Biloxi, Mississippi. It was hardly his hometown though as his family moved around quite often due to his father being in the US Air Force. At his grandparents farm in Wyoming he learned how to ride horses and fell in love with rodeo. He started competing in rodeos at the age of 13 and didn't take too long to start winning junior rodeo events.
Chris turned pro in 1970 and began a career on the national circuit. While on tour he started writing songs about the lifestyle he was living as a professional rodeo man. Along with his father he created the American Cowboy Songs recording label and began recording his music. Selling his tapes from the back of his truck he was able to help him pay his expenses while on the national rodeo circuit.
His music career consists of 36 albums, including 2 gold and 1 platinum, a Grammy nomination and the Music Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award. He was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis in August of 2000 and required him to receive a liver transplant. Garth Brooks offered to give him part of his liver but they were not compatible. He ultimately ended up passing away on March 9, 2005 from Cholangiocarcinoma.