Birth Name: Louis Burton Lindley Jr.
Born: 29 June 1919 Died: 8 December 1983
Country of origin: United States
Height: 6' 3"
Pickens was born Louis Burton Lindley, Jr. in Kingsburg, California, the son of Sally Mosher (née Turk) and Louis Bert Lindley, Sr. He was an excellent rider from age 4. He graduated from Hanford High school, Hanford Calif and was a member of the FFA. After graduating school he joined the rodeo. He was told that working in the rodeo would be "slim pickings" (very little money), giving him his name, but he did well and eventually became a well-known rodeo clown.
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