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Talk Back Trembling Lips
"Talk Back Trembling Lips"
Single by Ernest Ashworth
from the album Hits of Today and Tomorrow
"That's How Much I Care"
ReleasedJune 1963
RecordedMay 1963
John D. Loudermilk
Wesley Rose
Ernest Ashworth singles chronology
"I Take the Chance"
"Talk Back Trembling Lips"
"A Week in the Country"
"Talk Back Trembling Lips"
Single by Johnny Tillotson
from the album Talk Back Trembling Lips
ReleasedOctober 1963 (October 1963)
John D. Loudermilk

"Talk Back Trembling Lips" is a 1963 song first recorded by Ernest Ashworth. The song became the most successful of Ernest Ashworth's career and was his only No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart that October. The song spent 35 weeks on the country chart.[1] The song also bubbled under the Billboard Hot 100, just missing the chart's main listing as it peaked at No. 101. Johnny Tillotson recorded a successful cover version in 1963 that peaked in early 1964.

Chart performance

Ernie Ashworth

Chart (1963) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 101

Johnny Tillotson

Chart (1963) Peak
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7

Cover versions

Bowing at #91 on 9 November 1963, Johnny Tillotson took his version of the song to number seven on the Hot 100 on 4 January 1964.[2][3] It was his last top-10 single.

Still in the early 60s, a more pop orientated version appeared by Australian singer Debbie Stuart.

Australian country singer Kevin Shegog recorded a cover of the song in 1963.

Years later, country singer Becky Hobbs introduced the song to younger audiences with her 1990 cover version, although it failed to chart on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Ernest Ashworth himself appears in the music video as a guest.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 33.
  2. ^ "Hot 100". Billboard. 1964-01-04. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 634.

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