Ernie Ashworth - The Early Years By WHP
  • Ernie Ashworth - Drive These Blues Away
  • Ernie Ashworth - Honey Don't You Miss me
  • Ernie Ashworth - Why Don't You Leave Us Alone
  • Ernie Ashworth - Except
  • Ernie Ashworth - My Heart Says
  • Ernie Ashworth - Too Many Times
  • Ernie Ashworth -Then You're Really Making Love
  • Ernie Ashworth - The Nearest Thing To Heaven
  • Ernie Ashworth - Down With The Blues
  • Ernie Ashworth - Lets Keep Steady Company
  • Ernie Ashworth - Each Moment
  • Ernie Ashworth - Night Time Is Cry Time
  • Ernie Ashworth - You Can't Pick A Rose In December
  • Ernie Ashworth - You'll Hear My Heart Break
  • Ernie Ashworth - Forever Gone
  • Ernie Ashworth - Life Of The Party
  • Ernie Ashworth - Everybody But Me
  • Ernie Ashworth - Another Sleepless Night
  • Ernie Ashworth - I Take The Chance
  • Ernie Ashworth - King Of The Blues
  • Ernie Ashworth - Talk Back Trembling Lips
  • Ernie Ashworth - That's How Much I Care
  • Ernie Ashworth - A Week In The Country
  • Ernie Ashworth - Heartbreak Avenue
  • Ernie Ashworth - Crazy Me
  • Ernie Ashworth - Love Has Come My Way
  • Ernie Ashworth - My Heart Would Know
  • Ernie Ashworth - Just One Time
  • Ernie Ashworth - I love To Dance With Annie
  • Ernie Ashworth - The DJ Cried
  • Ernie Ashworth - Drive These Blues Away
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:27) [5.6 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Honey Don't You Miss me
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:24) [5.5 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Why Don't You Leave Us Alone
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:35) [5.92 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Except
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:19) [5.32 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - My Heart Says
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:33) [5.82 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Too Many Times
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:29) [5.7 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth -Then You're Really Making Love
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:22) [5.43 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - The Nearest Thing To Heaven
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:15) [5.16 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Down With The Blues
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:30) [5.7 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Lets Keep Steady Company
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:08) [4.9 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Each Moment
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:36) [5.97 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Night Time Is Cry Time
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:08) [4.9 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - You Can't Pick A Rose In December
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:17) [5.23 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - You'll Hear My Heart Break
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:45) [6.31 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Forever Gone
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:52) [6.58 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Life Of The Party
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:09) [4.94 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Everybody But Me
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:02) [4.65 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Another Sleepless Night
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:40) [6.09 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - I Take The Chance
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:38) [6.01 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - King Of The Blues
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (01:55) [4.4 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Talk Back Trembling Lips
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:39) [6.06 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - That's How Much I Care
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:36) [5.97 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - A Week In The Country
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:37) [6.01 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Heartbreak Avenue
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:43) [6.24 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Crazy Me
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:13) [5.06 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Love Has Come My Way
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:00) [4.59 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - My Heart Would Know
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:30) [5.71 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - Just One Time
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:12) [5.04 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - I love To Dance With Annie
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:42) [6.17 MB]
  • Ernie Ashworth - The DJ Cried
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:40) [6.12 MB]
Biography
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Ernie Ashworth listened to the Grand Ole Opry as a youth in his native Huntsville, Ala., and he began writing songs even before taking up the guitar. By 1948 he was playing in a band called the Tunetwisters and appearing on Huntsville radio station WBHP. Making the move to Nashville the following year, Ashworth earned a living as an early member of that city's fabled community of songwriters and performed on radio stations WLAC and WSIX. He became a staff writer for the Acuff-Rose publishing house, composing songs for such performers as Little Jimmy Dickens and Carl Smith and even crossing over to the pop sphere when he placed "I Wish" with crooner Paul Anka. In 1955, Wesley Rose greased the wheels for Ashworth's signing to the MGM label as Billy Worth, but the six singles he cut for the label went nowhere on the charts. In 1957, Ashworth returned to Alabama and took a job at Huntsville's Redstone Arsenal missile plant.

Meanwhile, Rose remained determined to further Ashworth's music career and managed to get him signed to Decca in 1960. Now billed as Ernest Ashworth, he hit the Top 5 with his first Decca single, "Each Moment (Spent With You)." That same year he scored a Top 10 hit with "You Can't Pick a Rose in December." In 1962, he signed with the Acuff-Rose-owned Hickory label and again hit the Top 5 with "Everybody But Me." A year later, he had his only No. 1 hit with the John D. Loudermilk-penned "Talk Back Trembling Lips." That song was tailor-made for Ashworth's vulnerable tenor voice, influenced by Anka and by Buddy Holly but with a more distinctively country reediness; it propelled him to Most Promising Male Artist awards from Billboard and Cashbox magazines and to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in 1964.

With further successes, such as the self-penned "I Love to Dance With Annie," Ashworth was a consistent hitmaker up to the release of 1970's "The Look of Goodbye." After four singles on the independent O'Brien label flopped, he retired to his farm in Lewisburg, Tenn., continuing to appear regularly on the Opry and occasionally touring the country. In 1989 he became the owner of Ardmore, Tenn., radio station WSLV, and his occasional recording releases in the 1990s found favor among tradition-minded European country listeners. ~ James Manheim, All Music Guide
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