Whatever Happened To Ernie Ashworth
1963 was the year of ‘Talk Back Trembling Lips’.
The smash hit by Ernie Ashworth top the Country Music charts and, in fact, was on the charts for an amazing 42 weeks!
Ernie had a total of 7 Top 10 country hits, all in the first half of the 1960′s, but it was ‘Talk Back Trembling Lips’ that placed the name Ernest Ashworth in the hallowed hall’s of country music history.
So whatever happened to Ernie Ashworth?
Well, Ernie came out of Huntsville, Alabama and moved to Nashville in 1949. As a songwriter, he had songs recorded by such artist’s as Jimmy Dickens, Carl Smith, even Paul Anka. That’s a pretty good resume’ of singers!
While he had some recording success on his own, it was Ernie’s third release on Hickory Records that ‘put him over the top’.
‘Talk Back Trembling Lips’ was a 1963 smash and placed Ernie solidly among the biggest names in Country Music.
But it was short-lived. Ernie had a couple more Top 10 hits and his final entry on the Country Music Top 100 chart came in 1970.
Ernie still appeared regularly on the historic Grand Ole Opry and tended to the radio stations he owned until his death in 2009 at the age of 80.