1948 - Chris LeDoux was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, on the 2nd of October. He was an American country music singer-songwriter, bronze sculptor and rodeo champion.
1961 - He first tried his hand at rodeo riding in Denison, Texas, at age 13 and was soon winning junior competitions.
1970 - He turned pro and eked out a living on the national rodeo circuit, winning just enough prize money to keep himself going. At the same time, he began writing songs about the rodeo lifestyle, since no other country performer had yet filled the niche (the way trucker songs became a specialized country subgenre).
1972 - His first composition was "Bareback Jack," and he soon recorded an album's worth of songs in a friend's basement.
1976 - His hard work on the rodeo circuit paid off when he won the world bareback riding championship at the National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City.
1982 - He'd sold over 250,000 copies of his self-released albums, of which he completed 22 by the end of the '80s.
1991 - He signed with Capitol subsidiary Liberty and released his national debut, Western Underground.
1992 - His follow-up, Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy, featured a duet with Brooks on the title track. The single became first (and only) Top Ten country hit, and the album also entered the Top Ten and went gold.
2000 - Cowboy found him re-recording his earliest compositions, and he subsequently battled a liver illness that threatened his life and required a transplant.
2002 - He recovered and returned to music with the more personal album After the Storm.
2004 - He released Horsepower. It would be his last completed album.
2005 - Died of complications from liver cancer on the 9th of March in Steve Huey, All Music Guide
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