2 October 1948, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA, d. 9 March 2005, Casper, Wyoming, USA. LeDouxs father was an airforce pilot who was posted to various parts of the USA. His grandfather, who had served in the US cavalry and fought against Pancho Villa, encouraged LeDoux to ride horses on his Wyoming farm. LeDoux attended high school at Cheyenne, Wyoming, and, while still at school, he twice won the states bareback title. In 1967, after graduating, he won a rodeo scholarship and received a national title in his third year. In 1976, he became the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Associations world champion in bareback riding. LeDoux had been playing guitar and harmonica and writing songs since his teens, and he used his musical ability as a means of paying his way from one rodeo to another.
In 1971 LeDoux launched his career as a performer, writing and recording songs about real cowboys. Although his voice would not win world...
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