Growing up, his parents wanted him to be a lawyer. His ambition was to be a rancher.
Upon finishing school at Colorado State University he became a deputy sheriff. Through it all, he had a love of music, and began to develop it in hopes of becoming a singer-songwriter.
In the mid 60's he was off to Nashville and auditioned for several labels, finally signing with Monument Records in 1967. Amazingly enough, he scored with his very first record. "Skip a Rope", which was described by the New York Times as "a little morality lesson within the context of a child's skip-rope rhyme" and said Mr. Cargill "has one of those deliciously smooth country baritones like Johnny Cash's or Dave Dudley's."
Subsequent tunes didn't fair quite as well, but he kept the music alive well into the 70's by which time he finally did reach that childhood dream of being a rancher along with owning and operating a west Oklahoma City country music showplace in the 1980s called Henson's. It featured such performers as Ray Charles, Merle Haggard, Roy Orbison, Glenn Campbell, Waylon Jennings and Henson's friend and mentor, Johnny Cash.
Henson Cargill died March 24, 2007 following complications from surgery.
He was 66
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