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Ernie Ashworth, Grand Ole Opry Star, Dies

March 3, 2009


Another long-time member of the Grand Ole Opry family walked out onto the biggest stage ever today.

Ernie Ashworth died in Nashville today at 80. Ashworth’s heyday was in the 1960s with the number 1 song Talk Back Trembling Lips.   His appearance over the years on the Opry always were lively, drawing robust applause from the crowds.

Ashworth joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1964. More chart records followed including The D.J. Cried, At Ease Heart and I Love To Dance With Annie. Ashworth continued to be a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry, but he never reached the top 15 after 1966.

In 1989, he turned businessman by purchasing radio station WSLV in Ardmore, Tenn. Ashworth continued appearing at the Grand Ole Opry.

This is a special clip of Country Music Legend Ernie Ashworth playing his signature hit on the last night of The Grand Ole Opry at The Ryman in 1974.  It was a bittersweet night for the Opry, and one that produced many memories.  Mid-way through the video the enchanced version of this tape starts. 

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