Chris LeDoux , a world champion bareback rider who parlayed songs about cowboys he knew on the rodeo circuit into a successful recording career, died on Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at his home in Casper, Wyoming. He was 56. LeDoux described his music as a combination of "Western soul, sagebrush blues, cowboy folk and rodeo rock 'n' roll." By 1989, he had released 22 albums. Rising country star Garth Brooks had a hit with Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old), which included the line: "A worn-out tape of Chris LeDoux, lonely women and bad booze/seem to be the only friends I've left at all." That was followed in 1992 with LeDoux and Brooks were nominated for a Gramm for the top 10 hit Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy. He was the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's world bareback champion in 1976.
AP/ Hastings Tribune, Doug Carroll, file