Real life is ofttimes more unbelievable than fanciful accounts,
and Pete Henderson is proof. In 1965, he became New Christy Minstrels bass-player number two, replacing Clarence Treat, and in 2010, after C. Treat had returned to the act and decided to retire again, Pete Henderson was once more his replacement with the group. When Pete left the act in 1966, he taught the bass lines to New Christy Minstrels bass-player number three, none other than Kenny Rogers.
Pete is a one-man comedy show, although he spent much of his adult life in a two-man comedy show. He was exactly half the act billed as Skiles & Henderson, and therefore familiar to anyone who ever watched Hollywood Squares, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Bob Hope Show, etc. The NCM needed his bass licks, but profited even more from his incredible vocal talent and keyboard prowess. 'Where does such amazing talent come from?' people ask, and the answer is at least in part: heredity. Pete's father Charles wrote the choral scores for the movie Bambi, and growing up in the Henderson household was in itself a daily lesson in finer music. "He's a wonderful
performer," Randy Sparks proclaims, "He entertains all of us on a nightly basis.
What a joy!"
Pete's home these days is Branson, Missouri.