Johnny Tillotson’s version of ‘Talk Back Trembling Lips’ was released in October 1963 on MGM Records. Written by John D. Loudermilk, this beautiful ballad appeared in the music industry when Ernest Ashworth recorded it earlier that year. It topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and became his most successful song.
Tillotson’s version of ‘Talk Back Trembling Lips’ peaked at No. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 6 on the US Adult Contemporary chart on January 4, 1964. Unfortunately, Johnny Tillotson’s rendition was the last single he released to reach the Top 10. As we listen to this classic tune, we are reminded of the sweet melodies of the early 1960s.
The comments section of the YouTube video featuring Johnny Tillotson’s ‘Talk Back Trembling Lips’ is filled with fans who love this classic tune. One user named ‘lisalovessummertime8453’ wrote, “These oldie classics are the best.” Another user, ‘dianefiske-foy4717,’ wrote that this song was one of her and her mom’s favorite songs.
Despite being considered a crooner, Johnny Tillotson’s music is closer to rock and roll than some contemporary artists like 2Pac, Notorious BIG, or LL Cool J. As user ‘thefatbat374’ mentioned, “Johnny Tillotson should be in the R&R Hall of Fame!”
As we listen to this song, we are reminded of the memories of a bygone era when a gallon of milk cost around 49 cents, and a dozen eggs could be bought for 53 cents. The year 1963 was significant in American history, and while it may not be remembered for its music, Johnny Tillotson’s ‘Talk Back Trembling Lips’ certainly stands out.
The audience at the time of this song’s release would have been moved by Tillotson’s hauntingly beautiful voice, perfectly suited to this emotional ballad. One can imagine the audience’s positive reactions, their hands clapping and feet tapping to the melody.
We invite you to watch Johnny Tillotson’s ‘Talk Back Trembling Lips’ and share it with your friends because it is a classic tune that deserves to be remembered.