Chris LeDoux was a talented American country music singer, songwriter, and rodeo cowboy who was born on October 2, 1948, in Biloxi, Mississippi, and passed away on March 9, 2005, at the age of 56. He gained a loyal following for his authentic cowboy persona, down-to-earth lyrics, and unique blend of traditional country and rock music.
LeDoux released over 30 albums throughout his career and had numerous hit songs, including “This Cowboy’s Hat,” “Cadillac Ranch,” and “Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy.” He was also inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2004, reflecting his success as a professional rodeo cowboy before pursuing a career in music.
Take a look at 5 of his most beloved songs below.
“This Cowboy’s Hat”
This song, which LeDoux co-wrote with his son Ned, is perhaps his most well-known and iconic hit. It’s a tribute to the cowboy way of life and the values that cowboys hold dear.
This upbeat song about a wild night at a honky-tonk features catchy lyrics and a driving beat that make it a fan favorite.
“Look at You Girl”
This romantic ballad showcases LeDoux’s softer side and his ability to craft a heartfelt, emotional song.
“Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy”
This duet with fellow country singer Garth Brooks became a chart-topping hit and is still a popular choice on country radio stations.
“Life Is a Highway”
Although LeDoux didn’t write this song, his cover version of Tom Cochrane’s hit is widely regarded as one of the best versions of the song. Its upbeat tempo and positive message make it a crowd-pleaser.
What’s your favorite Chris LeDoux song?