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Classic Rewind: Henson Cargill – ‘Skip A Rope’

One response to “Classic Rewind: Henson Cargill – ‘Skip A Rope’

  1. Paul W Dennis November 7, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Nice clip

    Now forgotten, the late Henson Cargill (1941-2007) “Skip A Rope” was Cargill’s first and biggest hit, a monster hit which spent 5 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Chart in 1968 and also was a major pop hit. Unfortunately, he never again approached that level of success, with his only top ten hit being “None of My Business” which reached #8 in 1969. His other top 20 songs were “Row, Row, Row” (the immediate follow up to “Skip A Rope”) which reached #11, and “The Most Uncomplicated Goodbye” which reached #18.

    Cargill was sometimes referred to as the ‘Zen Cowboy’ due to the deeply philosophical lyrics of the songs that tended to attract his interest. Songs such as “Reprints (Plastic People)”, “Skip A Rope”, “None of My Business” “This Generation Shall Not Pass” and “I Wonder Where They’ll Sleep Tonight” reflected a degree of social consciousness rarely encountered in country singers of that era. Cargill was classified as folk-country and marketed to both areas. Production on his Monument recordings wasn’t hard country, usually lacking steel guitar and fiddles. There are two good CD collections (available at places such as the Ernest Tubb Shop) but little else

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