“I stole my whole act from Chris,” Garth once said.
Brooks repaid LeDoux by giving him a notorious shout-out in “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” introducing LeDoux to a new generation of country fans. The line read “a worn out tape of Chris LeDoux, lonely women and bad booze.”
Brooks and LeDoux’s friendship grew and in 1992 the pair released a duet called “Watcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy.” Brooks’ admiration for the former rodeo star ran so deep that when LeDoux was diagnosed with liver disease, Brooks offered to donate a portion of his own liver. Although Brooks wasn’t a match for the transplant, his generosity and kindness didn’t go unnoticed
“To me, Garth, he’s kind of like my guardian angel. It’s like every time I need some help, he’s there,” LeDoux once said.