Grand Ole Opry singer Ernie Ashworth dead at 80

HARTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grand Ole Opry singer Ernie Ashworth, who had a No. 1 hit in 1963 with Talk Back Trembling Lips, has died. He was 80.

Jimmy Anthony, owner of Anthony Funeral Home in Hartsville, said Ashworth died Monday at the Trousdale Medical Center after a sudden illness.

The Huntsville, Ala., native began his career writing songs for Little Jimmy Dickens, Carl Smith, Johnny Horton and pop idol Paul Anka.

As a recording artist, he scored hits with Everybody But Me and I Love to Dance With Annie. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1964.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Thanks Mike for letting us know…

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