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Chris LeDoux

 
 
Chris LeDoux Marker (Front/South-Facing) image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, November 22, 2014
1. Chris LeDoux Marker (Front/South-Facing)
Inscription.
(front)
Born in Biloxi, Chris LeDoux (1948-2005), the Singing Bronc Rider, pursued dreams of success as both a competitive rodeo cowboy and latter day Western singing star and achieved both. The 1976 World Champion Bareback Bronc Rider released modern and traditional cowboy song records for his rodeo fans from 1973-1991. When Garth Brooks, a fan of LeDouxís exuberant live performing style mentioned him in a 1989 hit, LeDoux became a major label star on Capitol Records himself.

(rear)
Chris LeDoux Born on October 2, 1948, here in Biloxi, Chris Lee LeDoux was the son of an Air Force major stationed at Keesler Air Force Base. Young Chris lived here for the first year and a half of his life and for another year at the age of twelve, which yielded the boyhood memories of fishing holes and black-eyed peas reflected in his song “Born in Mississippi.” The military family moved frequently, including a period in Texas. Having learned to ride horses on his grandparentsí Michigan farm, LeDoux focused on competitive rodeo riding as a career by the age of fourteen, and began playing guitar and writing songs as a sideline while in high school in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was developing his talent as a sculptor in college in Wyoming and New Mexico when he left school to compete riding bareback full-time.
Chris LeDoux Marker (Back/North-Facing) image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, November 22, 2014
2. Chris LeDoux Marker (Back/North-Facing)
He would compete in some 80 rodeos a year, and go on to become the world championship of bareback bronc riding in 1976.

In 1972, in part as a way to cover rodeo entry expenses, LeDoux formed the independent country music record label American Cowboy Songs with his dad Al, who was now retired, and relocated to Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, near Nashville. Al and Chrisís mother Bonnie effectively ran the record company, shipping out to his rodeo fans the tapes of songs he wrote and recorded, songs that reflected the rodeo cowboy life, and promoting him as “The Singiní Bronc Rider.” Chris married Peggy Rhoads of Kaycee, Wyoming, that same year; they would raise five children at their Kaycee home base. While competing in rodeo, LeDoux would sell some four million dollars worth of 22 albums he described as encompassing “Western soul, sagebrush blues, cowboy folk and rodeo rock Ďní roll,” enough so that when he retired from the rodeo circuit in 1980, he was able to re-focus on performing his music, his energetic, bold live shows making him a Western cult figure.

In 1989, he came to national attention when emerging country megastar Garth Brooks referred to playing a “beat up Chris LeDoux record” in his hit “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old).” He then signed with a record company, the Liberty label at Capitol Records,
Chris LeDoux Marker & Katrina Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, November 22, 2014
3. Chris LeDoux Marker & Katrina Memorial
Marker is a little in front of the Katrina Memorial in Biloxi Park. This view is from the south.
and had a Top Ten National Hit, in 1992, a Grammy-nominated duet with Brooks, “Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy.” Chris LeDoux can be credited with reviving the Western end of what had been “Country & Western” and setting the stage for more explosive, visual country arena shows in the musical career that spanned the rest of his life, which was shortened by liver disease. LeDoux died in March 2005, and was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and awarded the Academy of Country Musicís Pioneer Award posthumously later that year.
 
Erected 2012 by Mississippi Country Music Trail. (Marker Number 21.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Country Music Trail marker series.
 
Location. 30° 23.604′ N, 88° 53.151′ W. Marker is in Biloxi, Mississippi, in Harrison County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Beach Boulevard (U.S. 90), on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 Main Street, Biloxi MS 39530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Downtown Biloxi (within shouting distance of this marker); Brielmaier House (within shouting distance of this
Chris LeDoux Promotional Photo image. Click for full size.
By Anne Murray
4. Chris LeDoux Promotional Photo
marker); William Bartram Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Biloxi (about 500 feet away); The Magnolia Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Debuys-Hermann-Keller House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cathedral of the Nativity (B.V.M.) (approx. 0.4 miles away); Birthplace of Barq's (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Biloxi.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia: Chris LeDoux. (Submitted on November 22, 2014, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
2. Chris LeDoux Homepage. (Submitted on November 22, 2014, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
3. Legacy: Chris LeDoux Obituary. (Submitted on November 22, 2014, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
4. Chris LeDoux Country. The biggest Chris LeDoux collection on the web (Submitted on November 22, 2014, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 

5. CMT Artists: Chris LeDoux. (Submitted on November 22, 2014, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
6. CMT News: Chris LeDoux Dies After Lengthy Illness. (Submitted on November 22, 2014, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
7. AllMusic: Chris LeDoux. One of the few modern cowboy singers, who was a champion rodeo rider before breaking into country music with Western material. (Submitted on November 22, 2014, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 

8. YouTube: Chris LeDoux - Tougher Than The Rest. (Submitted on November 22, 2014, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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