1968 Henson Cargill – Skip A Rope

1968 Henson Cargill – Skip A Rope 

Henson Cargill was born in Oklahoma City in 1941. He briefly attended college and later worked full time as a court clerk, a private detective, and finally a deputy sheriff. Henson began singing with a local group backing him up and toured primarily in the West.

On a trip to Nashville, He recorded Skip A Rope, a song written by Jack Moran and Glenn Douglas Tubb. The Jordanaires provided background vocals.

The song commented on things said by kids while they were playing. The lyrics of the song were controversial for the time, pointing to the parents as being the blame for verbal spousal abuse, tax evasion, and racism. 

Monument Records released the single in late 1967 and it became Henson’s most successful record, topping the Country charts for five weeks in 1968. It also reached #25 on the Hot 100.

Henson had a few more hits on the Country charts over the next dozen years but never reached the pop charts again. After Have A Good Day only reached #67 on the Country charts, he retired from touring and opened his own nightclub in Oklahoma.

Henson died at during surgery at the age of 66 in 2007.


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