CHRIS LEDOUX’S CATALOG GEMS REMASTERED
BY CAPITOL NASHVILLE/EMI
Six CDs Pair Twelve Of The Late
Country Music Superstar’s Best Albums, Originally Released Between
1974 and 1993
In Stores: March 20, 2007
Hollywood, California – January 22, 2007 – The
late American music legend Chris LeDoux was a steadfast westerner who
sang firsthand of rodeo glory and pain while living the life of a bona-fide
modern-day cowboy. Honoring his authentic and lasting legacy of cowboy
songwriting, recording and performing, Capitol Records Nashville/EMI Music
Catalog Marketing is proud to announce the March 20 release of twelve
original Chris LeDoux albums on six CDs. The new ‘twofer’
CD campaign includes twelve of LeDoux’s most enduring albums recorded
between 1974 and 1993, all 24-bit digitally remastered and presented with
their original album cover art.
A true cowboy, Chris LeDoux wasn’t driven by the prospect of fame
or money when he began pursuing rodeo professionally, or when he starting
writing and recording his own music. In pursuit of the World Championship
in Bareback Bronc riding, which he won in 1976, LeDoux spun his stories
of life on the circuit into fresh western anthems. Recorded in a true
mom-and-pop shop, LeDoux sold his recordings out of his pickup truck at
competitions and quickly found a devoted audience and high praise for
his bonfire ballads and lyrical candor.
In 1989, one of LeDoux’s more famous fans stepped forward with
an endorsement that validated the rodeo champ as a true country music
artist and brought much more widespread and mainstream attention to his
music. Garth Brooks, in his early hit “Much Too Young (To Feel This
Damn Old),” referred to playing “a worn out tape of Chris
LeDoux.” That same year, LeDoux signed his own recording contract
with Capitol Records Nashville.
With sales of his 36 albums now totaling more than six million units
in the U.S., one platinum and two gold album certifications from the RIAA,
a Grammy nomination and the Academy of Country Music Pioneer Award, LeDoux’s
career flew high during his life and continues to resonate after his March
2005 death from a rare form of cancer at the age of 56. Fans of LeDoux’s
early recordings have found some of his best tracks on the platinum-certified
collection, 20 Originals: The Early Years, released in 2004, and Capitol
Nashville/EMI continues to honor LeDoux’s enduring musical legacy
with its new catalog campaign to restore twelve of his best original albums
Songs Of Rodeo And Country (1974) / Life As A Rodeo Man (1975)
1. The Buckskin Lady
2. Oklahoma Joe
3. Daydream Cowboy
4. Rodeo, You've Cast A Spell
5. True Western Movie
6. Joade The Rodeo Clown
7. Mighty Lucky Man
8. Easy Come, Easy Go
9. The Only Road You know
10. She's In Love With A Rodeo Man
11. Real live Buckeroo
12. Rusty Spurs
13. Amarillo By Morning
15. Born To Follow Rodeo
16. Caballo Diablo
17. Wyoming Girl
18. I'm Country
19. Rhinestone Cowboy
20. Long Black Veil
21. Rodeo Rose
22. All Around Cowboy Of '64
23. John Ed Sang Cowpoke
Songbook Of The American West (1976) / Sing Me A Song Mr. Rodeo Man (1977)
1. I've Got To Be A Rodeo Man
2. The Littlest Cowboy Rides Again
3. The Double Diamond
4. Not For Heroes
5. Let's All Help The Cowboys (Sing The Blues)
6. A Cowboy Is A Hell Of A Man
7. Goin' And A Blowin'
8. Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
9. The Goodnight Loving Trail
10. Go Riding, Young Cowboy
11. There's Nobody Home On The Range Anymore
12. The Yellow Stud
13. All Around Cowboy
14. The Lawman Reverend
15. Our First Year
16. Grange Hall Dance
17. Billy The Kid
18. Daddy's Biggest Dream
19. Silver Tongued Devil
20. The Rodeo Fan
21. Bad Brahma Bull
Cowboys Ain’t Easy To Love (1978) / Paint Me Back Home In Wyoming
1. Cowboys Ain’t Easy To Love
2. Silence On The Line
3. Weekend Country Cowboy
4. Bars Shouldn't Have Mirrors
5. Round And Round She Goes
6. Tennessee Stud
7. Hoka Hey, Lakotas
8. The Blizzard
9. The Old Timer
10. Raised By The Railroad
11. Let That Leather Crack
13. Paint Me Back Home In Wyoming
14. Ain't Had Time To Go Home
15. Cowcamp Blues
16. Lean, Mean And Hungry
17. Six Bucks A Day
18. Night Rider's Lament
19. Getting By A Quarter At A Time
20. Hippies In Calgary
21. Pilgrim's Progress
22. Coming Home Mom Waltz
Western Tunesmith (1980) / He Rides The Wild Horses (1981)
1. Country Star
2. Ten Seconds In The Saddle
3. Cowboy And The Rose
4. Old Paint
5. Dream on Cowboy
6. Dirt And Sweat Cowboy
7. Navarajo Wrangler
8. Come Riding Joe Cy
9. Get Along Little Doggies
10. All My Heroes Have Been Cowboys
11. I Don't Want To Be A Cowboy Anymore
12. He Rides the Wild Horses
13. So You Want To Be A Cowboy
14. Blue Eyes And Freckles
15. Back When We Was Kids
16. Just Riding Through
17. I Got You
18. Freedom, Just A State Of Mind
19. The Cowboy And The Hippie
20. Misfortune's Own Son
21. Old Tom Horn
22. When The Rodeo Comes To Town
Used To Want to Be A Cowboy (1982) / Thirty Dollar Cowboy (1983)
1. (I Used To Want To Be A) Cowboy
2. The Lights Of Amarillo
3. This Cowboy's Hat
4. Hobo Dreams
5. The Last Cowboy In Town
6. You Bring Out The Beast In Me
7. He's A Tryer
9. Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
11. Red Headed Stranger
12. They Couldn't Understand My Cowboy Songs
13. It Ain't The Years, It's The Miles
14. The Greatest Prize
15. Call Of The Wild
16. Thirty Dollar Cowboy
17. Montana Road
18. The Last Sunset
19. A Cowboy's Got To Ride
20. Ballad Of Will Rogers
21. Take Me Back To Wyoming
Watcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy (1992) / Under This Old Hat (1993)
1. Call Of The Wild
2. You Just Can't See Him From The Road
3. Little Long-Haired Outlaw
4. Making Ends Meet
5. Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy - duet with Garth Brooks
6. Hooked On An Eight-Second Ride
7. I'm Ready If You're Willing
8. Look At You Girl
9. Cadillac Ranch
10. Western Skies
11. The Ol' Double Diamond
12. Under This Old Hat
13. Get Back On That Pony
14. Every Time I Roll The Dice
15. Struggling Years
16. Cowboys Like A Little Rock And Roll - duet with Charlie Daniels
17. She's Tough
18. Soft Place To Fall
19. For Your Love
20. Wild And Wooly
21. Powder River Home
22. Cadillac Ranch (Dance Club Version)
23. Photo Finish
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(6 more coming in Jan 07):
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Hooked on an 8 Second Ride
This Cowboy's Hat
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CAPITOL RECORDS NASHVILLE
RELEASES CHRIS LEDOUX’S ENTIRE CAREER CATALOG ONLINE
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15, 2006 - Capitol Records Nashville has released
the entire career catalog from the late singer/songwriter and American
music legend Chris LeDoux. The 2005 ACM Pioneer Award winner’s career
spanned more than three decades and produced 37 albums – all of
which are now available online at all digital service providers.
More than several of his earliest albums, which he recorded for his own
American Cowboy Songs label, are and have been out of print for years.
Fans who have been searching for some of these albums such as Cowboys
Ain’t Easy To Love, and Wild & Wooly, can now all be purchased
Along with the albums being released digitally, there are also digital
ring tunes available including “Cadillac Ranch,” “Silence
on the Line,” and “Stampede” to name a few.
LeDoux, who lost his battle with cancer in 2005, began recording songs
in the early 70’s with such hits as Cowboy Like Me and Too Tough
to Die. He gained national attention when a promising new artist, at the
time, named Garth Brooks, mentioned LeDoux in his song Much Too Young
to Feel This Damn Old. LeDoux joined Garth Brooks at his label, Capitol
Records Nashville, and went on to sell more than six million records worldwide.
In the summer of 2005 LeDoux was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame
as the first honoree to be inducted under two categories - Bareback and
Notables (for his contributions to the sport through his music). LeDoux,
an icon to many rodeo and music fans, was able to expose the sport he
loved to the masses through not only his own accomplishments in rodeo,
but through his songs about the rodeo and more importantly in the way
he truly lived the cowboy lifestyle.
“He was one of a kind,” stated Troy Ellerman, commissioner
for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. “I don’t know
if anyone spoke as eloquently about the highs and lows of being a rodeo
cowboy as Chris did.”
The Full CD Collection will be
released in March 2007!
Art show featuring the art of Chris LeDoux @
the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame................
The show includes artwork created by LeDoux for
his family and friends. The
pieces are from private collections. Also exhibited will be are created
some of his friends.
Dona Vold Larsen from Vold's Triple V Rodeo Company
is graciously loaning us
the work and helping us with the show.
Dates TBA soon.
LeDoux Rodeo: Viles doubles up
CASPER -- Cody's Justin Viles took home titles in both the calf roping
team roping events at the Tribute to Chris LeDoux Rodeo on Saturday night
The Arena. He stopped the clock in 8.8 seconds in the calf roping and
teamed up with Delon Parker of Billings, Mont., for a 5.4-second run.
Kaycee resident Bryce Miller and Thermopolis' Will Farrell also left
winners. Miller scored an 83 in saddle bronc riding to beat out Brandon
by two points, while Farrell rode to an 82 to tie for the bull riding
For more of this story:: CLICK
Losing, and finding, Chris LeDoux
Rodeo, art show and concert celebrates Kaycee's singing
KAYCEE -- Chris LeDoux had a public life and a private life, although
necessarily in that order.
His life was characterized by so many dichotomies. He was a struggling
cowboy singer turned country superstar, a small-town neighbor with a major
fan base, a sex symbol whose devotion to his wife won him the respect
and women alike.
For more of this story: CLICK
The town of Kaycee,
Wyoming is puting together a Memorial Fund in
memory of Chris. The town of Kaycee wants to raise $500,000 to develop
a memorial park for Chris.
It will be developed
across the street from his
father-in-law's store in town. If anyone want to contribute they can send
a donation to:
Chris LeDoux Memorial Foundation PO Box
51 Kaycee WY 82639
The Ultimate Collection, Chris LeDoux
Release date: 10.03.06
National Cowboy & Western Heritage
1700 Northeast 63rd Street --- Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Contact: Lynda Haller, Director of Public Relations
(405) 478-2250 Ext. 221 --- Fax: (405) 478-4714
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2006
National Cowboy Museum Announces Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees
OKLAHOMA CITY The Board of Directors of the Rodeo Historical
Society (RHS) announces the 2006 inductees into the National Cowboy &
Western Heritage Museum Rodeo Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Recipients
of the Tad Lucas and Ben Johnson Memorial Awards also will be honored.
Rodeo Weekend at the Museum, scheduled for October 20-22, includes an
opening reception for two Native American exhibitions.
Induction into the Rodeo Hall of Fame is one of the top honors
that can be bestowed on a rodeo cowboy, cowgirl or performer. Inductees
annually are chosen by a vote of the RHS membership. Four living and
four deceased honorees will be recognized at a special ceremony Sunday,
October 22 at the Museum.
Living Inductees for 2006 include:
Mel Hyland, Dutchess, Alberta, Canada, who competed in saddle bronc riding
and bareback riding and qualified for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR)
every year for 11 consecutive years, ranking in the top 10 from 1967-1984.
He won the PRCA Saddle Bronc World Championship in 1972 and 1976. Hyland
was the Canadian Bareback Champion in 1972 and 1975 and the Canadian Saddle
Bronc Champion in 1967, 1979 and 1982. He was the first person in rodeo
history to win both a World Championship and Canadian Championship in
the same year, 1972. In 1981, he was named the Canadian Cowboy of the
Year and inducted into both the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and the Canadian
Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Alvin Nelson, Grassy Butte, North Dakota, started rodeoing in
1950 and joined the PRCA in 1953. He first appeared in the PRCA world
standings in 1955, where he finished fifth in the all-around, fifth in
bareback and eighth in saddle bronc. In 1956, Nelson finished third in
saddle bronc, eighth in bareback and eighth in the all-around standings.
From 1955-1966, Nelson appeared in the PRCA end-of-the-year world standings
in three events: saddle bronc, bareback and the all-around. He was the
1957 PRCA World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider; 1961, 1962 NFR Saddle Bronc
winner; and the high-money winner at the 1961 NFR. He qualified for the
NFR five times, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966. Nelson was inducted into
the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1988; South Dakota Hall of Fame
in 1989; and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2004.
Vernon Dude Smith, Burkburnett, Texas, competed in bull riding, bareback
riding, saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling. In 1945, he competed
in his first large rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas, and won money at all of
the major rodeos from 1949 to 1966. Smith produced rodeos with Bobby Estes
and rodeoed with Col. Jim Eskew in Cuba. He accompanied announcer Clem
McSpadden on goodwill tours to Mexico. He was inducted into the Texas
Cowboy Hall of Fame in Belton, Texas, in 1999. Smith holds PRCA Gold Card
Dan Taylor, Doole, Texas, entered his first rodeo competition at age 12.
In 1942, at age 18, he joined the Cowboy Turtles Association and was issued
card #64. At that time, Taylor was the youngest professional roper in
the world. He won the calf roping at Ellensburg, Washington, in 1948;
the average at Boston Garden, 1949; and finished fourth in the world standings
In 1954, Taylor was named RCA Calf Roping Director and served through
1956. He was named Timed Event Chute Boss at the 1965 NFR, a
position he continued through 1973. He returned as the NFR Timed Event
Chute Boss in 1978-1979. He ran Chute 9" at Cheyenne Frontier Days
was honored for more than 50 years of service in 1996. The Senior Steer
Ropers named Taylor The Master Chute Boss. He served as President of
the PRCA in 1986-87.
Deceased inductees who competed before 1940 include
George Elliott (1900-1981) who was a nationally known bulldogger in the
1920s. He began his rodeo-announcing career in the 1930s, traveling throughout
the United States. Elliott was a member of the original Rodeo
Cowboys Association (RCA). He was recognized in the 1940s as one of the
top four announcers in the business. He worked for rodeo producers
Beutler Brothers; Homer Todd; Vern Elliott; Lamar, Jennings and Holt;
and many others.
Marie Ma Gibson (1894-1933) participated in rodeos from 1914-1933. She
supported her family by rodeoing after her husband was injured in a rodeo
accident. She performed in Wild West shows as a trick rider, traveling
throughout the United States competing in every well- known rodeo in the
country and winning championships at nearly every one in which she appeared.
In 1927 and 1931, she won the world championship in the women s bronc
riding at Madison Square Garden. Gibson was critically injured and died
when her bucking horse collided with the pickup man after she had made
a qualified ride.
Deceased inductees who competed after 1940 include:
Carl Dossey (1918-1955) who entered his first rodeo in 1935. He was the
first to use the flashy style of spurring, used by cowboys today. Dossey
was known for his colorful satin and silk shirts, attracting what may
one of the first sponsorships by a major corporation. In 1940, at age
22, he won the RCA World Champion Bareback title. He competed in
bareback riding, bull riding and steer wrestling. He continued to ride
until an injury sidelined his career, and he became an RCA judge.
By 1950, Dossey had judged Madison Square Garden a record seven
straight years. One of his most significant contributions to rodeo was
his co-invention of the electric eye starting chute, which had been
approved for use at many of the larger RCA rodeos. Dossey was killed
protecting his son from a team of runaway horses during a parade.
Chris LeDoux was known as a cowboy, talented musician and skilled rodeo
competitor. He competed in bareback riding, bull riding and saddle bronc
riding. He started participating in Little Britches rodeos, winning the
National Bareback Championship in 1964. In 1967, he won the Wyoming State
High School Bareback Championship and in 1969, won the National Intercollegiate
Bareback Riding Championship. After receiving his RCA card, he averaged
more than 80 rodeos a year. In 1976, LeDoux won the PRCA Bareback World
Championship. He was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of
Fame (2004) and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame (2005).
To support RHS in its role of helping the National Cowboy Museum
preserve the history of rodeo, a benefit auction will be held Saturday
evening, October 21, preceding the presentation of the prestigious Ben
Johnson and Tad Lucas Memorial Awards. Tapped for recognition as the 2006
Ben Johnson Memorial Award recipient, Cotton Rosser of Long Beach, California,
says Rodeo is a labor of love of going down the road and meeting people
and seeing wonderful things. I haven t made a lot of money, he says, but
I ve made a million dollars worth of friends. A second place finish in
the all-around at his first intercollegiate finals in 1949 attracted the
attention of professional arena men as well as his peers at California
Polytechnic. He continued his winning tradition the following year when
he won the all-around and the saddle bronc championship. At Cal Poly,
Rosser and his teammates
started a winning rodeo tradition that would include 41 national
championships before the century ended. He was on his way to rodeo stardom
and a world championship when in 1955 a debilitating ranch accident injured
both of his legs. With rodeoing no longer an option, Rosser began a bucking
stock breeding program and set out not only to improve the bucking stock
and the overall appeal of rodeo, but to increase rodeo s entertainment
well. He was honored by the PRCA in 1995 as the Most Colorful Man in
The 2006 Tad Lucas Memorial Award recipient Geraldine Jerry Fraser has
spent 50 years leaving her mark on leather. Fraser grew up with rodeo,
running barrels before meeting her husband Doc Fraser who produced and
delivered bucking stock to local rodeos. The two started a saddle shop
in Rogers, Arkansas, where they built and tooled saddles for trick ropers,
riders and barrel racers. They expanded the business into Fraser Saddlery
and Western Store and added regular saddles, bridles, belts and other
leather items to their merchandise. In the early 1960s, the couple moved
to Oklahoma and later to Texas where they ran recognized American Quarter
Horse races year round. Fraser kept the race records and forwarded the
data to the Ozark Quarter Horse Association for its chart books. For the
past two decades, Fraser has worked at M.L. Leddys in Fort Worth, as a
custom boot and saddle maker where she made saddles for the winners of
the National Cutting
Horse Association Futurity. In 2005, she carved saddles for President
George W. and First Lady Laura Bush to give to Prince Charles and the
Duchess of Cornwall.
The Rodeo Historical Society of the National Cowboy & Western
Heritage Museum encourages annual membership to support its mission of
preserving rodeo history. For more information, visit
or call (405) 478-2250.
Editors Note: For photos related to the Rodeo Hall of Fame inductions
and awards, visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/mediapics.
Click on RHS
Inductees. After accepting Use Agreement, select photo and follow the
instructions at the top of the page.
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WATCH CHRIS' VIDEOS
|1. go to Billboard.com
2. find "music search" on the right
hand side type in "Chris LeDoux
3. click on the red search arrow below
4. click on "Artist Chart History"
5. here you will find video cameras
next to songs that videos are available for
6 . click on the video camera to watch the video
A Tribute to Chris LeDoux Western
Art Show. PRCA Rodeo, & Concert!
The new number for tickets 307-473-1799
Event is 11-4-06 in Casper, Wyoming
Featuring Western Underground!
The Ultimate Collection, Chris LeDoux
Release date: 10.03.06
click here for info page
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CFD Old West Museum
"This is, by far, the best
exhibit this museum has
ever done. It's just too bad that Chris isn't here to enjoy
it (although it would probably embarrass him!) I think he's
looking down on it, though, and I hope he approves. =)"
Curator of Collections,
The "A Tribute to Chris LeDoux
was awarded the 2005 PRCA Small Rodeo of the Year.
It was nominated in the PRCA in October, before it even
took place. During the NFR there was a
banquet to honor different nominees.
Because our rodeo category is so large, we were very honored to shine
among so many rodeos, approximately 700 in our class.
Cheyenne Frontier Days won the
Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year. They were thrilled.
Deadwood, SD won medium Rodeo of the Year. San Antonio, TX won the large
Indoor rodeo of the year.
PSN LeDoux Tribute Article
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joins Garth Brooks onstage for CMA Awards
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Chris fans, at the 17th annual International Western
Music Festival being held in Albuquerque, Nov. 17-20, there will be a
special tribute to Chris LeDoux on Thursday evening.
Among the performers honoring Chris and his music are:
Judy Coder & Pride of the Prairie
Rick Huff (reading Chuck Pyle's letter)
Lost Canyon Rangers
Tony Reed & Bruce Coe
& possibly others
Western Music Association
The following is an a bite from a conversation with Garth
(Editor's note: When Garth Brooks returned to Nashville recently
special appearance, he consented to only one interview -- and only with
CMT.com columnist Hazel Smith. The following is a conversation between
As I stepped onto the red carpet leading into the Grand Ole Opry,
I felt a
hand on my shoulder. I turned and was face to face with Garth Brooks.
like twins," he blurted. Garth, dressed in a red shirt and black
matched my red and black top with black pants. It gave me a rush to have
G.B. in Tennessee again.
Between Opry shows, behind closed doors in the confines of general
Pete Fisher's office, Garth said right off the bat he probably could not
answer half the questions I would ask. When details of his upcoming CD
for Wal-Mart are ready for the announcement, he promised to see that I
the scoop. Garth, who has kept his finger in every pie of his career up
until now, tells me Wal-Mart is in charge.
When I asked why he decided to go back to the studio and record
single, "Good Ride Cowboy," Garth replied, "Bob Doyle,
Bryan Kennedy, guys
who have been a part of my life forever, wrote the song, but I cannot
you how it will be marketed and sold. I was at home in Oklahoma, retired,
when out of the blue I got a phone call from the biggest retailer in America
who simply said, 'Hey, we miss you.' It was a sweet phone call from
Wal-Mart's David Glass. [Glass is chairman of the executive committee
board of directors of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.] A really good man ... a man
follow through hell and back. Great man. Up front and forward. Honest
day is long. So he offered me this deal that I cannot talk about until
Wal-Mart announcement in November. David says we won't have a problem.
if we do, we're gonna bust our ass to fix it."
"You recorded 'Good Ride Cowboy' as a tribute to Chris LeDoux?"
Garth nodded and added, "I knew if I ever recorded any kind
of tribute to
Chris, it would have to be up-tempo, happy ... a song like him ... not
slow, mournful song. He wasn't like that. Chris was exactly what our heroes
are supposed to be. He was a man's man. A good friend."
I shared with Garth about starting work on my celebrity cookbook
a manila envelope in the mail with two recipes and a note that read: "Chris
asked us to be sure and get these recipes to you." Chris was in the
getting a liver transplant -- and Garth was trying to donate his part
liver to Chris. I wept.
Again, I tried to get more information about his new album. And,
Garth repeated, "Wal-Mart will make the announcement in November.
proud of the way they are handling everything. They don't make announcements
about it. You don't read anything in the papers about it. They allow me
stay in my retired status. I cannot believe I put this in their hands
trust somebody to handle everything, but these guys are in this for all
good reasons. I'm just a retired guy, and I get a phone call from David
Glass, saying, 'Hey, we miss you.'"
"Please Garth!" I said. "David Glass is just one
in a million that misses
you. Did you see that Opry audience tonight? When they saw you, the audience
sprung from their seats and roared like their team had won. Could you
feel the love from those people?"
"It's always that way here," Garth interrupted.
"They're always that way with you," I told him. The
man still cannot take a
compliment. Garth thinks all singers are worshipped like he is. Not true.
"Have you recorded an album?" I pushed.
"I can't tell you," he replied.
"Are you going to release a compilation of your songs with
"I can't tell you," we repeated together and laughed.
You can't trick Garth.
He's too wise.
They're Pop Immortals, Whether
Dead or Alive
By KELEFA SANNEH
Published: October 27, 2005
Have you heard the new Chris LeDoux hit single? Of course, it's
not a new song by LeDoux, the beloved rodeo star turned country star who
died in March. It's a new song about him, recorded by his friend Garth
Brooks. It's called "Good Ride Cowboy," and it's a high-spirited
send-off. The eulogy culminates with a celebratory reference to that famous
goddess of victory and sneakers: "Be more like Chris/Pull your hat
down tight and just LeDoux it!" click
here for the balance of the article..
We have set the dates for "A
Tribute to Chris LeDoux" Western Art Show, PRCA Rodeo and Concert
for 2006. The Art show is Friday, November 3, 2006 7:30 p.m.at the Grand
Ballroom of the Parkway Plaza Hotel, Casper, Wyoming.
The PRCA Rodeo and Concert will
be Saturday November 4, 2006 at
7:30 p.m.at the Arena, on the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds in Casper,
Wyoming. Tickets will be available in September 2006, at Central Wyoming
Fairgrounds Ticket Outlet 307-235-5775.
Cowboys honored to ride at LeDoux
By PATRICK SCHMIEDT
Star-Tribune staff writer
Chris LeDoux would have been proud.
The first rodeo in Casper held in his honor, aptly called "A
Chris LeDoux," had a bit of everything -- special awards presentations,
trade show and, of course, a rodeo.
The rodeo action itself was quick and exciting, starting with
a spark from a
Casper bull rider and a well-known Texas cowboy and ending with a bang
a couple Wyoming bull riders.
Clayton Savage of Casper helped start the rodeo with a 79-point
ride in the
first section of bull riding. The 2005 national high school bull-riding
champion is coming off a broken ankle he suffered at a rodeo in Saratoga.
Since coming back a month ago, he's ridden every bull he's climbed
The latest victim was Showtime, a bull that didn't do what Savage was
expecting. Normally, the bull kicks once and spins left; on Friday at
Arena, it kicked twice and spun right.
"I didn't second-guess him," Savage said. "(I)
wasn't expecting anything."
Although Savage's 79-point ride didn't stand up -- Jed Moore
of Cheyenne won
the event with an 88-point ride on Red Eyes, and punctuated the ride with
some flexing for the nearly-capacity crowd -- Savage said he was happy
at the rodeo honoring the late country singer who died in March.
Savage lived in Kaycee, LeDoux's hometown, until he was in first
Although he's since moved on, he said he keeps in touch with friends in
He had plenty of chances to see them perform on Saturday. Four
of the saddle
bronc riders in the evening performance (Will Berg, Morgan Forbes, Jeremy
Ivie and Bryce Miller) were from Kaycee. Ivie won the event with a 79.
Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas, ranked No. 1 in the world bareback
won the event in Casper with his 83-point ride.
The night ended with Moore and Joe Smith from Banner and his
ride, good enough for second between Moore and Savage.
And even though he finished third in his event, Savage was still
happy to be
back home honoring a man he respected.
"It means a lot to me (to ride here)," he said.
Bull Riding: Jed Moore, 88 points on Red Eyes; Joe Smith, 86
on Palo Verde;
Clayton Savage, 79 on Showtime; Ray Thurston, 76 on Iron Mike.
Team Roping: James Williams and Doug Cox, 6.5 seconds; Chad Braun
Furnival, 6.6; Jay Mattson and Brad Harris, 6.8; Shane Schwenke and Jhett
Steer Wrestling: Dru Melvin, 4.0 seconds; Garrett Henry and Ty
Hank Hollenbeck, Clint Knutson, Les Shepperson and Shaun Mills, 4.9.
Tie Down Roping: Jordan Weavers, 8.7 seconds; Hank Hollenbeck,
Thiel, 10.5; Jay Mattson and Jade Lyons, 10.9.
Saddle Bronc: Jeremy Ivie, 79 points on Rim Rock; Mike Murphy,
76 on Squaw
Dog; Bryce Miller, 74 on Dose E Doe; Brandon Munn, 73 on Buzzard.
Barrel Racing: Molly Powell, 14.00 seconds; Gale Beebe, 14.07;
and Priscilla Medina, 14.19; Betsy Childers, 14.27; Kelly Hollingsworth,
14.29; Terri Kaye Kirkland, 14.30; Kathy Gannon, 14.33.
Bareback: Will Lowe, 83 points on Dewinton Queen; Chris Timberman,
Foxy; Ira McKillip, 76 on Blue Duck; Zach Curran, 75 on Last Chance.
Casper event celebrates Chris LeDoux
By SALLY ANN SHURMUR
Star-Tribune staff writer
Dona Vold Larsen produces professional rodeos for a living.
As the daughter of renowned roughstock contractor Harry Vold,
she comes by
When her husband's college roommate and best friend for nearly
died in March, she decided at the wake that the best way to honor his
would be to produce a rodeo in his honor.
"He was our best friend," Larsen said. "We want
to honor his memory by
making people laugh and have fun. He was about family and he was about
The rodeo Saturday night at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds indoor
Casper is just one of three events that Larsen has planned to celebrate
memory of their friend, Chris LeDoux.
"He was the kind of guy we need to have people know,"
she said. "We're
trying to show people the multi-faceted guy he was -- the talented artist,
the PRCA world champion, the musician and songwriter."
The weekend's events begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Parkway
Plaza Hotel as
friends gather to purchase a wide variety of Western art and view LeDoux's
Story boards will explain LeDoux's art, and boy, are there some
Like the dollar bill that Dona's husband, Bill Larsen, plunked
down on the
bar at the Hole in the Wall in Kaycee in LeDoux's 1994 music video, "Working
Now safe in a frame, the dollar is accompanied by a note that
-- This is damn sure a working man's dollar. -- Chris."
Also included in the exhibit is LeDoux's original drawing and
product of the "Long Loop Cow Company."
Larsen's and LeDoux's oldest kids, Tami Vold Larsen and Clay
graduated from Kaycee High School together in 1990 and have been friends
their whole lives.
When Tami was ready to graduate, her dad asked Chris to design
a wild cow
that could be embroidered on a jacket.
The jacket that was her graduation gift from her dad is part
"It's a reunion for friends of Chris's," Donna Vold
Larsen said, "but we
want the public to come too."
Among the art on display are chaps made by one of Chris and Peggy's
Beau, as well as saddles, silver, sculpture and photography from regional
artists, many of whom have a personal connection to LeDoux.
Among the artists expected, in addition to Kaycee's Beau LeDoux,
sculptor Mike Thomas; Lodge Grass, Mont., rawhider Nate Wald; Sheridan
and spur maker Tom Balding; Story photographer Adam Jaheil; Harden, Mont.,
silversmith Arnie Esp; Buffalo saddle maker GK Fraker, and PRCA bull riders
and artists Joe Smith and Clayton Williams.
Admission to the art show is free and a cash bar will be available.
On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Larsen expects a capacity crowd of
2,200 will turn
out to The Arena for a PRCA rodeo produced by her Triple V Rodeo Company
subcontracted by Burns Rodeo of Laramie.
Tickets are $20 and $25 and available from Central Truck &
Diesel by calling
"I told my husband, if I'm going to live in this town, I
want to put on a
great PRCA rodeo," Larsen said. She and her family live west of Casper
spending 20 years in the Kaycee area.
Beau LeDoux has made a pair of trophy chaps for each of the winners
bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding events that evening, Larsen said.
And Peggy LeDoux has recast Chris's bareback bronze to be awarded
bareback winner at the end of the evening.
Once the rodeo has concluded, "no more than 10 minutes after
the last bull,"
Larsen predicts, The Arena will rock with the sounds of Western Underground,
Chris's band for the last 16 years.
If the rodeo is sold out, which Larsen expects, concert-only
tickets for the
floor will be sold for $10 each the night of the performance.
Any proceeds that might be made from the rodeo and concert after
will go into a fund to ensure that the tribute to Chris LeDoux becomes
annual event. In years to come, any proceeds will be given to the Justin
Cowboy Crisis Fund, "the only charity Chris ever donated to,"
Larsen said she has had lots of help with the event from lots
including Pat Sweeney and his staff at the Parkway Plaza and Tom Jones
his staff at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds.
She said she, Roxie Camp at Central Truck & Diesel and Tara
Anderson Signs are the "three musketeers," who have planned
consulting with Peggy LeDoux and her family along the way.
Larsen said she thinks Brooks' new up-tempo song about LeDoux,
earlier this month, "is a nice tribute."
"It made me cry," she said.
But she hopes tears are kept to a minimum next weekend.
"We're trying to remember him by laughing," she said.
"This is not a
memorial, it's a tribute."
If you go:
Friday, 7:30 p.m., Art show at Parkway Plaza, free with cash
Saturday, 7:30 p.m., PRCA rodeo at The Arena, tickets $20 and
Immediately following rodeo: Concert with Western Underground
"When she starts to twist be more like Chris
Pull your hat down tight
And just LeDoux it!"
-- Garth Brooks, "Good Ride, Cowboy," October 2005
Casper Inside editor Sally Ann Shurmur can be reached at (307) 266-0532
LOUDER THAN 'THUNDER': Garth Brooks breaks his own
record for the highest
debut on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart since it was first compiled
from airplay data supplied by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems in 1991.
has held the record for just over 14 years.
His eighth chart entry, "The Thunder Rolls," crashed
onto the chart at No.
19 the week of May 18, 1991. No song has debuted higher until this week.
Brooks makes his first appearance on this chart since June 2003 with his
76th chart entry, "Good Ride Cowboy" (Pearl), new at No. 18.
That incredible debut appears to tie the previous highest debut
country chart. The week of Dec. 23, 1978, Eddie Rabbitt opened at No.
with the title song from the Clint Eastwood flick, "Every Which Way
On the Hot 100, "Good Ride Cowboy" is only the sixth
chart entry for Brooks,
and his first since "Wrapped Up in You" peaked at No. 46 in
"Cowboy" is new at No. 93.
-BILLBOARD.COM / CHART BEAT
CHRIS LEDOUX’S “20
CERTIFIED PLATINUM BY THE RIAA
NASHVILLE – October 10, 2005
- LeDoux’s album Chris LeDoux: 20 Greatest Hits was just certified
Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, marking one
million copies sold. This is the first Platinum certification of his career.
This honor comes on the heels of his recent induction to the Pro Rodeo
Hall of Fame and being honored with the Academy of Country Music’s
prestigious Pioneer Award.
“Chris’ first platinum certification is the ultimate tribute
to a special artist and friend,” says Bill Kennedy, VP, Sales, Capitol
Records Nashville. “I know he would thank all the fans that continue
to support him.”
The American music legend has recorded 36 albums totaling sales of over
6 million, 3 Gold certifications, and a Grammy nomination.
Capitol Records Nashville recently released Anthology, Volume 1 which
includes 20 career-spanning songs including one previously unreleased
track “Airborne Cowboy.” His last studio album was the critically
A Tribute to Chris LeDoux
October 21 & 22 - Casper, Wyoming
A Tribute To Chris LeDoux, October 21 & 22, will feature a
PRCA Rodeo at Central Wyoming Fairgrounds in Casper and live music following
the rodeo. Chris’s band Western Underground will perform. Rodeo
and concert tickets are $20 and $25 and can be ordered by calling: (307)
235-6685. If calling after hours voicemail will allow those interested
in purchasing tickets to leave their contact information for immediate
follow-up the next business day.
For lodging information and other attractions in the area contact
the Casper Area Convention & Visitors Bureau by calling: 1-800-852-1889
or visiting www.casperwyoming.info.
Wyoming Remembers A Legend
He moved to the “Cowboy State” when he was nine years
old and left Wyoming way too soon for the state’s half-million residents
and millions of rodeo fans everywhere. Chris LeDoux died of cancer in
Casper last March at the age of 56. This October, Casper will be where
many will gather to pay tribute to LeDoux’s life. He was the 1976
world bareback riding champion of professional rodeo and went on to a
successful music career that was shifted into high gear upon acknowledgement
by Garth Brooks that Chris was indeed one of Brooks’ heroes.
The Casper gathering, October 21-22, will feature a western art
show with several guest artists exhibiting and selling works created specifically
in honor of the event. The show is also going to feature an exhibit of
LeDoux’s artistic endeavors including two bronze pieces and a number
A pro rodeo is being held (Oct. 22) at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds
and Ledoux’s band, Western Underground, will perform live to end
the weekend festivities. “We miss him very much,” says guitar
player Mark Sissel who is helping to coordinate the tribute. “We
can still bring the sound of Chris’ music to the fans and that’s
what we’ll continue to do. He always told us during sound checks
that we needed to start thinking about our future without him. It’s
just sad for all of us that he’s gone,” Sissel said. The guitarist
and the rest of Western Underground have played several dates since LeDoux’s
death. “The rodeo world is devastated; they’re in shock. I
stood on the stage with Chris for sixteen years. His fans are so loyal
and wonderful. We stay around to talk after these new shows, share stories,
laugh and sometimes cry,” Sissel added.
ANDERSON MERCHANDISERS AND LYRIC
JOIN TO PROMOTE GARTH BROOKS SINGLE
Anderson Merchandisers has engaged Lyric Street Records to promote
Brooks/Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. project exclusively at radio.
"'Good Ride Cowboy,' Garth's tribute to Chris
LeDoux, is the song we've
chosen to be the first because it symbolizes the project, which is about
love and honesty. It's up-beat, fun, sincere and everything you want music
to be," said Charlie Anderson, CEO, Anderson Merchandisers.
"To say that we are excited about working
this Garth single at radio would
be an understatement," said Randy Goodman, President, Lyric Street
As well it's a testament to the Lyric Street Records staff that Anderson
came to us with this opportunity and we look forward to working with our
partners at radio."
Chris Tribute at Cheyenne Rodeo
The FACM ( French Association of Country Music)
is proud to announce that
CHRIS LEDOUX wins Best vidéo of the year to the official 3rd
FRENCH COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS,
For more information, please visit our web site:
All the best !
French Association of Country Music
FACM : 39 rue du recret - 69670, Vaugneray / France
The FACM organize the official French Country Music Awards
TOBY'S TRIBUTE TO CHRIS
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CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS
Albums that are making their chart
this week are
Chris LeDoux's Anthology, Vol. 1,
coming in at No. 20...................
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The staff, volunteers and participants of Cheyenne Frontier
Days would like
to thank each of you for making this year's celebration a stunning success!
We look forward to seeing you again next year, July 21-30, 2006...
Chris LeDoux Day at CFD, July 30, 2005
The day began in downtown Cheyenne with a parade under a crystal blue
Wyoming sky. A riderless horse bearing a serape with the words "God
Chris LeDoux" across it made its way down the parade route. During
grand entry, the horse followed the color guard down the track. Prior
bareback competition, the rodeo was stopped as it is each year, so that
list of PRCA & CFD Volunteer Members who had been lost during the
be read. Chris' name was read last. The "Cowboy Prayer" was
then a video tape with comments by the Governor and a video of Chris
performing "This Cowboy's Hat" was played for the rodeo crowd,
included his wife, his children and his parents.
CFD Volunteers Kevin & Linda Keller of South Park Estates presented
for $10,000 to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund in memory of Chris. CFD then
matched the contribution with an additional donation of $10,000 also in
After the presentation to the family, the bareback event was
started with "Hooked On An 8-Second Ride."
At the night show that evening, Toby Keith brought Chris' band "Western
Underground" on stage and they played several of Chris' hits. The
apart at the seams. Chris could move from the rodeo arena to the night
arena like no one else.
Thank you, Chris.
Anthology, Volume I
Perhaps more so than any other accomplishment, Chris LeDoux’s
legacy as an entertainer will ultimately center around his keen awareness
that his cowboy audiences liked to rock and roll. After all, LeDoux had
that part of his approach to music making figured out long before it became
fashionable in Nashville. Both before and after his untimely passing from
cancer at age 56 in the spring of 2005, much has correctly been said about
LeDoux’s authenticity as a songwriter and cowboy. But it was LeDoux’s
uncanny ability to blend tender cowboy balladry with a distinctly youth-oriented
and decidedly high-energy live concert that makes his career a singular
one in terms of impact and prodigious influence.
At the tender age of 12, LeDoux’s retired military father moved
the family to Austin, Texas. Had it not been for that pivotal event, LeDoux’s
love for all things cowboy may not have blossomed as fully or as quickly
in his young life. He loved western movies, and climbed on the back of
his first bucking bronc at age 13. He was thrown from that first horse
in short order, but rodeo became a primal part of him that very day. And
he never stopped working at it, winning several championships at the amateur
level before turning pro. The capstone of his rodeo career was his 1976
World Champion Bareback Rider buckle, from which he took the title of
his 1986 biography, “Gold Buckle Dreams.”
During his college years, LeDoux honed his songwriting craft, taught
himself to play guitar and harmonica, and developed a circle of admirers
that endures today.
As he became more and more serious about rodeo, he became just as dedicated
to his artistic pursuits. His parents relocated to the Nashville area
to centralize and fortify his music publishing, management and recording
businesses, but the power brokers on Music Row saw only a tiny portion
of his potential. When he was able to gain an audience with the decision-makers
in Nashville, he was both politely and impolitely instructed to write
and sing different songs. He was told that there was no commercial market
for western music, and that he would need to revamp his entire approach
in order to crack the velvet rope that would lead to a major label recording
contract or an arrangement to pitch his material to other artists.
In 1972, he recorded his first set of cowboy songs, titled “Songs
of Rodeo Life.” Recorded in a makeshift studio in Sheridan, Wyoming,
those tracks became the launching pad for a successful recording company
and cottage industry that guided his career under the direction of his
parents, Al and Bonnie LeDoux. Chris and his family were convinced that
there was an insular but eager market for his tapes on location at rodeos
and fairs, and they were right.
All of the work was done in the Mt. Juliet, TN home of Al and Bonnie LeDoux.
His mother used her kitchen egg timer to make sure each tape, duplicated
one at a time, was just the right length. She then labeled and wrapped
each one at her kitchen table in preparation for sale at Chris’
rodeos and performances.
At the heart of his repertoire is a song titled “Copenhagen”
which became one of his signature songs. It was such a hit in his shows
young fans developed an affectionate habit of hurling snuff cans onto
the stage the moment LeDoux broke into “Copenhagen” in concert.
By some estimates, the LeDoux family sold some 200,000 records and tapes
out of the back of a truck. All-in-all it was reported they sold over
$4 million worth of product total on his independent family label before
ever being signed to a major label – almost unheard of. Although
in today’s high tech digital recording world, self-released albums
have become commonplace among artists who never crack the major label
system (also common for artists who leave that system), the LeDoux family
virtually pioneered the business model during the 1970’s. Chris’
wife Peggy and five children became an integral part of the LeDoux labor
force as the years progressed.
During the almost two decades between the release of “Songs of
Cowboy Life” and his 1991 signing with Capitol’s Nashville
operation, Chris LeDoux became the standard bearer for artistic expression
rooted in the American West.
Lots of small town radio stations across the mountain west caught the
LeDoux fever during those years, but his national profile as a recording
artist was most notably nurtured on the powerful airwaves of KSOP in Salt
Lake City, Utah. The station’s music director and morning show personality,
“Country” Joe Flint became an influential force in Chris’
career, and is largely responsible for bringing Chris’ music to
a wider audience. A local country music powerhouse since the mid 1950’s,
KSOP-FM became the country’s first full-time FM station to broadcast
country music 24 hours a day in stereo in 1964. By the early 1970’s,
the station’s owners had developed a powerful system of translators
that carried the signal to parts of five western states, perfect for reaching
an audience tailor made for LeDoux’s brand of music. As the radio,
rodeo and live concert exposure fed Chris’ burgeoning popularity,
it was only a matter of time before the recording executives in Nashville
took notice. Led by Capitol’s head of sales and marketing, Bill
Kennedy, the company quickly reissued Chris’ entire catalog of songs.
The long-term contract with Capitol bore its first fruit with Chris’
“Western Underground” album, both of which resulted in large
part from being name-checked in Garth Brooks’ debut single, “Much
Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old).” A long time LeDoux fan, Brooks
is quick to credit LeDoux with the inspiration for his own high-octane
concerts. Brooks paid tribute to LeDoux at the 2005 Academy of Country
Music Awards, accepting The Pioneer Award (that organization’s highest
honor) shortly after Chris’ death. In July 2005, Chris was posthumously
inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
His body of recorded work is expansive, and this collection is really
only a drop in the bucket. Thankfully, most of Chris’ material remains
in print through the diligent efforts of his partners at Capitol. For
long time LeDoux loyalists, each of these songs has become a part of who
they are. For newcomers to Chris’ art, these songs serve as a powerful
introduction to the man and his music. For fans on both ends of the spectrum,
these songs are the embodiment of what it means to be a cowboy. Chris
didn’t simply write, perform and record these songs—he literally
inhabited them. And each one gives us all a unique glimpse into the heart
and soul of a monumentally humble and remarkably intuitive artist.
ARENA DEDICATED TO CHRIS..
CHRIS IN THE HALL OF FAME!!!!
2005 ProRodeo Hall of Fame Inductee Class
Photo: (from left to right) PRCA Commissioner Troy Ellerman; 2005 All-Around
inductee Jimmie Cooper; Peggy LeDoux, wife of 2005 Bareback Riding and
Notable inductee Chris Ledoux and Bill Larsen who accepted the award on
behalf of the LeDoux family; (in wheelchair) Stock Contractor inductee
Marvin Brookman; Saddle Bronc riding inductee Joe Marvel; Karen Maggini,
daughter of Team Roping inductee Charles Maggini; Maggi Wittman and Daryle
Ann Lindley, daughters of Contract Personnel Slim Pickens; and ProRodeo
of Fame Executive Director Larry McCormack.
For Immediate Release
Contact: (Mary E. Welsch, USPS
(United States Postal Service to offer special cancellation at
Cheyenne Frontier Days on Saturday July 30th,2005 to celebrate Chris LeDoux
Cheyenne – The Post Office will
be offering a special cancellation or postmark at Cheyenne Frontier Days
July 30th to celebrate Chris LeDoux Day.
The Chris LeDoux Day cancellation will be offered on July 30th.at Frontier
Park at Cheyenne Frontier Days from 10 am to 6pm The souvenir postmark
features a bucking bronc and the words Chris LeDoux Day. The special cancellation
will be available at the Cheyenne WY Post Office for 30 days from July
30th to Aug 30th.
The USPS is proud to offer this special cancellation to mark Chris LeDoux
Day. This postmark makes for a wonderful souvenir or memento that HONORS
his unique contributions to rodeo, music, and cowboy culture on this special
Customers can also order the souvenir postmark by mail until Aug 30th.
If you order by mail, affix a 37-cent stamp to cards/envelope(s) of your
choice, address the envelopes (to yourself or others), and place them
in a larger envelope addressed to:
CHRIS LEDOUX DAY STATION
4800 CONVERSE AVE
CHEYENNE WY 82009-9998
After applying the special postmark, the. CHEYENNE Post Office
will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the
postmark. All orders must be postmarked by AUGUST 29TH.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
The ProRodeo Hall of Fame celebrated its 26th annual induction ceremony
Saturday, July 16, with six individuals receiving the ultimate honor in
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The ProRodeo Hall of Fame celebrated its 26th
annual induction ceremony on Saturday, July 16, with six individuals
receiving the ultimate honor in professional rodeo. Walt Garrison, former
member of the Dallas Cowboys and vice president of U.S. Smokeless Tobacco
Co., served as the emcee for the induction ceremony with more than 1,400
The six gentlemen enshrined contributed to the sport of rodeo with their
remarkable efforts in and out of the arena. Headlining the Class of 2005
the late Chris LeDoux (Kaycee, Wyo.), who not only won the 1976 world
bareback riding title, but also brought attention to rodeo through his
Joining LeDoux was 1981 World All-Around Champion Jimmie Cooper (Monument,
N.M.), 1978 World Saddle Bronc Riding Champion Joe Marvel (Battle Mountain,
Nev.), late team roper Charles Maggini (Hollister, Calif.), stock contractor
Marvin Brookman (Wolf Point, Mont.), and late rodeo clown Slim Pickens
"The inductees today truly represent the cowboy icon and the Western
life," PRCA Commissioner Troy Ellerman said. "We appreciate
families, friends and fans of rodeo who helped make today possible."
The Class of 2005 is a diverse group with an endless list of
LeDoux won the 1976 world bareback riding championship and qualified
National Finals Rodeo five times, while stepping into a sensational career
as a rodeo and country music legend. He sold nearly 6 million albums in
career and contributed to successful hits by Garth Brooks, Toby Keith
Jon Bon Jovi. LeDoux lost his battle with cancer on March 9, 2005, in
Casper, Wyo., saddening the hearts of all who knew him. LeDoux became
first person in the history of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame to be inducted
two categories, bareback riding and notables. Accepting on his behalf
Chris truly loved rodeo, the land, the dust, the smell of horses and
everything Western. My only regret is that Chris is not here to accept
award. Knowing him like I do, I know he is looking down and listening.
- Bill Larsen, accepting on behalf of Chris LeDoux
"Chris truly loved rodeo, the land, the dust, the smell of horses
everything Western," Larsen said. "My only regret is that Chris
is not here
to accept this award. Knowing him like I do, I know he is looking down
Jimmie Cooper is known for his dedication to those around him and his
love of rodeo. He earned the Overall PRCA Rookie of the Year in 1980 and
backed that title up with the world champion all-around title in 1981.
participating in three straight NFRs as an all-around roper, Cooper called
it quits to watch his children grow up and be a constant presence for
wife. Today, Cooper is known as a husband, father, mentor, partner and
"It is an honor to be her today and I never expected or dreamed
day," said an emotional Cooper. "I believe if you want to put
into something you can be successful. I put my effort into rodeo."
It began in 1973 with the obtaining of his PRCA card, and Joe Marvel
slowed down since. In 1974, the 19-year-old rookie from Battle Mountain,
Nev., won the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo average title. Four years
later, Marvel became a world champion saddle bronc rider. After finishing
fifth in the world standings in 1979, he returned to ranching life with
family. He joined 19 other saddle bronc riders already inducted into the
ProRodeo Hall of Fame's wall of legends.
"It is an honor to be standing in front of you today," Marvel
"Being inducted with this class is a humbling experience and I am
honored to be inducted into the ProRodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame."
His legendary horses and humble spirit are what justify Marvin Brookman's
induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Beginning in 1950, Brookman
equipped rodeo with the best broncs anyone had to offer. He hosted numerous
rodeos and holds a 46-year streak of his animals earning a place at the
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. It is an honor to have such an outstanding
gentleman as a part of an elite group of individuals.
"This is the highest honor of his stock contracting business that
spanned many years," said Cathy Wieferich, on behalf of her grandfather.
My dad lived a very colorful life but the main part of his life was being
a rodeo cowboy. Being inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame would make
so proud and honored.
- Maggi Whittman, daughter of Slim Pickens
Louis Bert Lindley, Jr. was born on June 29, 1919, in Kingsburg, Calif.
the age of 12, he charmed rodeo cowboys and fans around North America.
changed his name to Slim Pickens so that his father wouldn't know of his
participation in rodeo. The late Pickens was discovered at a rodeo by
producer and left the rodeo world for Hollywood. He starred in such movies
as Dr. Strangelove, Blazing Saddles, The Getaway and numerous others.
roles as rodeo clown, well-known actor and justifiable cowboy earned him
induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.
"My dad lived a very colorful life but the main part of his life
was being a
rodeo cowboy," said Maggi Whittman, Slim's daughter who accepted
behalf. "Being inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame would make
proud and honored."
The late Charles Maggini began making his imprint on rodeo long before
Cowboys' Turtle Association was formed in 1936. His first rodeo was in
and he won world titles in team roping and steer roping in 1929. He worked
at several world-famous ranches and learned the tricks of the trade from
Mexican vaqueros. The legendary great is known by young and old as a
prestigious horseman and cowboy.
"To have my dad inducted with this class of individuals, who we
admired for all they have done for the sport, makes it even more special,"
said Karen Maggini, who accepted on his behalf of her father.
The ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs,Colo., opened in 1979 and
since that time 182 people, including this year's inductees, and 23 animals
have been inducted.
The facility features many treasures from the inductees and regalia dating
back to the sport's beginnings in the Old West. The complex has a courtyard
that features bronze sculptures that recognize each of the seven rodeo
events and an entertainment pavilion.
****NEW CD - Coming 8/16/05****
Airbourne Cowboy (previously unreleased)
He Rides The Wild Horses
Life Is A Highway
Sons Of The Pioneers
Hippies In Calgary
Simple As Dirt
Workin Man's Dollar
This Cowboy's Hat
I've Got To Be A Rodeo Man
Tougher Than The Rest
Take Me To The Rodeo
Little Long Haired Outlaw
Paint Me Back Home in Wyoming
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