Henson Cargill Biography

5 February 1941, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, d. 24 March 2007, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. After studying law and working briefly as a deputy sheriff, Cargill moved to Nashville in 1967 to attempt a career as a country singer-songwriter. He signed to Monument Records, where his debut single became his biggest hit. With producer Fred F. Carter Jnr. he recorded Jack Moran and Glen Douglas Tubb’s ‘Skip A Rope’, which reached the US Top 30 as well as heading the country charts. This was a protest song, condemning parents who set a bad example for their children by evading income tax and practising racial discrimination. The song was later recorded by soul singer Joe Tex.

Cargill followed this with more orthodox hits such as ‘Row, Row, Row’, ‘None Of My Business’ and ‘Naked And Crying’. In the early 70s, he joined the newly formed Nashville arm of Atlantic Records, having success with ‘Some Old California Memory’. He later moved back to Oklahoma and in 1980 gained his last US country chart entry with ‘Silence On The Line’, released by Copper Mountain. Cargill later owned the successful west Oklahoma country venue Henson’s.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.