Country singer and Oklahoma native Henson Cargill, died March 24th due to complications from surgery. He was 66. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, four sisters and a brother.
Henson will always be remembered for his “signature” song, “Skip A Rope”. Forty years ago, his song went to number one on the national Country charts and also crossed over to the pop charts where it peaked at number 25.
Fans will remember his booming baritone voice singing this tongue-in-cheek song about issues such as divorce, cheating on your taxes and racial injustice as seen through the innocent eyes of children playing jump rope. Written by Jack Moran and Glen Douglas Tubb, “Skip a Rope” was nominated for 1968 song of the year by the Country Music Association.
Henson hit the Country charts another 15 times with his last entry in May of 1980. He then owned and operated a west Oklahoma City country music showplace called Henson’s. It featured such performers as Ray Charles, Merle Haggard, Roy Orbison, Glenn Campbell, Waylon Jennings and Cargill’s friend and mentor, Johnny Cash.
“Skip A Rope” sis on “the Honor Roll of Hits” heard 24/7 at: TUNEDEX MEMORIES!