MKOC Reviews the Stars
Ernie Ashworth Inducted into the CLA
Hall of Fame
AUGUST 15th, 2001
The Country Legends Association announced today that
country singer, songwriter and long time Grand Ole Opry star Ernie Ashworth has been
inducted into the Country Legends Association Hall Of Fame as a Living Legend.
A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Ernie realized a lifelong dream
when he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry on March 7th, 1964. In addition to his
string of country hits as an artist, songs penned by Ashworth have been recorded by Little
Jimmy Dickens, Carl Smith, the late Johnny Horton, Wilma Lee Cooper, and Paul Anka.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Ernie continues to write, record, and perform. It was
announced on August 2nd that Ernie Ashworth currently holds the #1 spot as the most played
country artist in Europe. Truly an international ambassador for the music he loves, Ernie
Ashworth has certainly earned the title of Living Legend.
Now for Marli's perspective of Ernie
Ashworth's New Album.
This wonderful new album entitled, "Ernie Ashworth, the Early
Years", Collector's Edition has taken me back to a time when the world was an easier
place. There was blackberry cobbler bakin' while green beans from the garden
simmered on the stove.. all the smells and sounds of comfort and home. I'm suddenly young
again and entranced by this heartbreakin' balladeer, then toe tappin' to the upbeat
2-steppin' tunes. It was indeed a true gift when Ernie sent his CD and photo to me and I
just couldn't keep it to myself, I had to share it with y'all. The only hard part about
this is, I can't fit 30 sound clips here and I have to choose just a few from all of these
wonderful songs. NOT an easy decision, I love 'em all! Ernie, thank you for sharing your
music with me and the world. It is indeed a treasure to me. I'm in Hillbilly Heaven and I
didn't have to die to get there.