Chris LeDoux discography

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Chris LeDoux discography
Releases
Studio albums 28
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 13
Singles 33
Music videos 7
Collaborations 2

Chris LeDoux was a Rodeo Cowboy who sang and recorded songs in his spare time and sold his albums from the back of his truck. With his father, he started his own record label, American Cowboy Songs in 1970. Under that label he released 22 albums between 1971 and 1990. After gaining recognition from the 1989 Garth Brooks song, "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" he was signed to Liberty Records, where he released 4 studio albums in four years. He released 6 more albums including a live album under Capitol Records. "Horsepower" in 2003 was his last studio album before his death in 2005. Nine official compilation albums have been released between 1994 and 2008. 20 Greatest Hits has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[1]

LeDoux has released a total of 33 singles, most of them from his major label albums. While most of his singles failed to chart or missed the top 40, his most famous song is the duet with Garth Brooks, "Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy" which charted at #7 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The follow-up single, "Cadillac Ranch" reached #18.[2]

Studio albums[edit]

1970s[edit]

Title Details
Songs of Rodeo Life
  • Release date: 1971
  • Label: self-released
Rodeo Songs "Old & New"
  • Release date: 1973
  • Label: self-released
Songs of Rodeo and Country
  • Release date: 1974
  • Label: self-released
Rodeo and Living Free
  • Release date: 1975
  • Label: self-released
Life as a Rodeo Man
  • Release date: 1975
  • Label: self-released
Songbook of the American West
  • Release date: 1976
  • Label: self-released
Sing Me a Song Mr. Rodeo Man
  • Release date: 1977
  • Label: self-released
Cowboys Ain't Easy to Love
  • Release date: 1978
  • Label: self-released
Paint Me Back Home in Wyoming
  • Release date: 1978
  • Label: self-released
Western Tunesmith
  • Release date: 1979
  • Label: self-released

1980s[edit]

Title Details
Old Cowboy Heroes
  • Release date: 1980
  • Label: self-released
He Rides the Wild Horses
  • Release date: 1981
  • Label: self-released
Used to Want to Be a Cowboy
  • Release date: 1982
  • Label: self-released
Old Cowboy Classics
  • Release date: 1983
  • Label: self-released
Thirty Dollar Cowboy
  • Release date: 1983
  • Label: self-released
Melodies and Memories
  • Release date: 1984
  • Label: self-released
Wild and Wooly
  • Release date: 1986
  • Label: self-released
Chris LeDoux and the Saddle Boogie Band
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: self-released
Powder River
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: self-released

1990s[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions[3][4]
Certifications[1]
(sales thresholds)
US Country US
Western Underground[A] 36
Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy
  • Release date: July 20, 1992
  • Label: Liberty Records
9 65
  • US: Gold
Under This Old Hat
  • Release date: July 5, 1993
  • Label: Liberty Records
21 131
Haywire
  • Release date: September 6, 1994
  • Label: Liberty Records
17 128
Stampede 33
One Road Man
  • Release date: July 14, 1998
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
24 180
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2000s[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions[3][4]
US Country US
Cowboy
  • Release date: August 1, 2000
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
17 134
After the Storm
  • Release date: April 9, 2002
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
14 121
Horsepower
  • Release date: July 22, 2003
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
24 162

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions[3][4]
Certifications[1]
(sales thresholds)
US Country US
Sounds of the Western Country
  • Release date: 1980
  • Label: self-released
Gold Buckle Dreams
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: self-released
Radio and Rodeo Hits
  • Release date: 1990
  • Label: self-released
Best of Chris LeDoux
  • Release date: March 8, 1994
  • Label: Liberty Records
51
  • US: Gold
American Cowboy
  • Release date: November 1, 1994
  • Label: Liberty Records
Rodeo Rock and Roll Collection
  • Release date: August 15, 1995
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
20 Greatest Hits
  • Release date: June 8, 1999
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
17 145
  • US: Platinum
The Capitol Collection (1990-2000)
  • Release date: June 4, 2002
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
63
20 Originals: The Early Years
  • Release date: June 15, 2004
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
58
Anthology, Volume 1
  • Release date: August 16, 2005
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
20 126
The Ultimate Collection
  • Release date: October 3, 2006
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
33
Classic Chris LeDoux
  • Release date: April 29, 2008
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
26 175
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions[3]
US Country
Live
  • Release date: June 17, 1997
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
26

Singles[edit]

1970s and 1980s[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
[2][4][5]
Album
US Country
1979 "Lean, Mean and Hungry" 99 Paint Me Back Home in Wyoming
"Caballo Diablo" 98 Life as a Rodeo Man
1980 "Ten Seconds in the Saddle" 96 Western Tunesmith
"Buckin' Machine" Rodeo & Living Free
1982 "I Used to Want to Be a Cowboy" Used to Want to Be a Cowboy
1984 "Even Cowboys Like a Little Rock and Roll" Melodies and Memories
1987 "It Ain't The Years, It's The Miles" Gold Buckle Dreams
1989 "Sons of the Pioneers" Powder River
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1990s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
[2][4][5]
Album
US Country CAN Country
1991 "This Cowboy's Hat" 63 Western Underground
1992 "Workin' Man's Dollar" 69
"Riding for a Fall" 72
"Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy"
(featuring Garth Brooks)
7 5 Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy
"Cadillac Ranch" 18 16
1993 "Look at You Girl" 52 56
"Under This Old Hat" 54 53 Under This Old Hat
"Every Time I Roll the Dice" 61 68
1994 "For Your Love" 50 73
"Honky Tonk World" 71 Haywire
1995 "Tougher Than the Rest" 67
"Dallas Days and Fort Worth Nights" 68
1996 "Gravitational Pull" 71 77 Stampede
1997 "When I Say Forever" 65
"Five Dollar Fine"
1998 "Runaway Love" 62 One Road Man
"Bang a Drum" (with Jon Bon Jovi) 68
1999 "Life Is a Highway" 64
"Stampede" 66 20 Greatest Hits
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2000s[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
[2][4][5]
Album
US Country
2000 "Silence on the Line" 65 Cowboy
2001 "He Rides the Wild Horses"
2002 "Bareback Jack" After the Storm
"Cowboy Up"
2004 "Horsepower" 56 Horsepower
2005 "The Ride"
"Airborne Cowboy" Anthology, Vol. 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1991 "Riding for a Fall" Gary Eckert
1992 "Working Man's Dollar" Joanne Gardner
"Cadillac Ranch"[6] Michael Merriman
1993 "Look at You Girl"[7]
"Under This Old Hat"[8] R. Brad Murano/Steven T. Miller
"For Your Love"[9] Michael Salomon
1994 "Honky Tonk World"[10]
"Tougher Than the Rest"[11] Michael Merriman
1996 "Five Dollar Fine" (cameo by Garth Brooks)[12] Michael Salomon
1997 "This Cowboy's Hat"[13] Ken Carpenter
1998 "Bang a Drum" (with Jon Bon Jovi)[14] Anthony M. Bongiovi
1999 "Life Is a Highway"[15] Michael Salomon
"Stampede"[16]
2000 "Silence on the Line"[17]
2001 "He Rides the Wild Horses"[18] Various
2003 "Horsepower"[19] Eric Welch

Notes[edit]

  • A ^ Western Underground also peaked at number 22 on the U.S. Top Heatseekers chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "RIAA - Chris LeDoux albums". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Canadian Hot 100 search results for Chris LeDoux". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-05-13. [dead link].
  3. ^ a b c d "Billboard Chart Positions - Albums". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-13. .
  4. ^ a b c d e f "RPM - Chris LeDoux". RPM. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  5. ^ a b c "Billboard Chart Positions - Singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-13. .
  6. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris LeDoux : Cadillac Ranch". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris LeDoux : Look At You Girl". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris LeDoux : Under This Old Hat". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris LeDoux : For Your Love". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris LeDoux : Honky Tonk World". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris LeDoux : Tougher Than The Rest". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  12. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris LeDoux : Five Dollar Fine". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  13. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris LeDoux : This Cowboy's Hat". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris LeDoux : Bang A Drum". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  15. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris LeDoux : Life Is A Highway". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  16. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris LeDoux : Stampede". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  17. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris LeDoux : Silence On The Line". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  18. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris LeDoux : He Rides The Wild Horses". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  19. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris LeDoux : Horsepower". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 29, 2011.