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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 09:23 AM
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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 09:27 AM
RIP Andy

 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 09:30 AM
just saw this

some real good life lessons on his show

 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 09:37 AM
Ride in peace Andy.
Let's go down to the ol' fishin' hole.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PVUit1-0Ck

 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 09:40 AM
Farewell to "America's dad".

I've said before, I don't care what technological advancements that they make in the signal and delivery of television (HDTV, etc) - they'll never top the quality of programming from that Golden Age of television.

The Andy Griffith Show is quite arguably the finest show ever to appear on the tube. There was no gratuitous use of vulgarity, profanity, nudity - not even any double entendre. No need to invoke all the cheap and easy tactics employed by virtually every show on television. Yet, to this date there are so many fall-down-laughing moments on those reruns!

Andy was a picker, too! Those episodes where he picked with the Darlings (featuring the Dillards - who lost Doug mere weeks ago) were timeless! The Martin Guitar Company even made an Andy Griffith model!

Typically, when a celebrity passes I feel the loss in passing. This is like losing a very dear member of my own family.

Thank you Andy Griffith - for all the laughs and good times! It was all "extry good"!

 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 09:40 AM
R.I.P. Andy he also brought some grate bluegrass music to his show
 
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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 09:50 AM
Well put Rusty. In my mind, the Andy Griffith Show is the best sitcom ever, by a country mile.

Farewell Anj.

 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 09:53 AM
just a great family show. Ron Howard became some star. RIP Andy
 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 09:55 AM
Birmingham's Rollin' in the Hay at the Bonnaroo fest a few weeks ago doing the Opie Song. Timely. I'll let the subject matter speak for itself. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnMv-9PTxIs



[Edited on 7/3/2012 by Rusty]

 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 10:00 AM
Oh no.

A true American treasure. A genius.

What it was, was football.

 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 10:01 AM
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just saw this

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 10:10 AM
Very sad news. R.I.P. Andy Griffith

 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 10:13 AM
The Andy Griffith Show has to be one of the best programs to ever. It typified life in a small town. My hometown was so much like Mayberry back in the day it wasn't funny.

We all knew the town drunk, we have characters that would make Ernest T Bass look like a wuss, and everyone in our community back in those days did things together and helped one another out.

The movie No Time for Sergeants still has me laughing my butt off! RIP Andy

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 10:14 AM
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Typically, when a celebrity passes I feel the loss in passing. This is like losing a very dear member of my own family.


I feel this one very deeply as well. I can remember watching it with my dad and can still hear him whistling the opening song. Some old shows are just that..old. This one is still viable and worth watching any ol' time. I'll miss ya, Andy!

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 10:41 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-C-IbkuNWs

I love this one. Puts a lump in my throat.

Part of my childhood died today, I go back in time when I watch The Andy Griffith Show. So many scenes that relates to my childhood growing up in North and South Carolina.

And Rafe Holister had one of the finest singing voices ever.

 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 10:58 AM
One of the funniest things I remember about my early childhood, before we had TV's, was listening to Andy Griffith on the radio. He had a joke record out called, "What It Was, Was Football." It was the story of a pure hick off the turnip truck getting swept up in the crowd headed to a Tennessee football game, and having no knowledge of football whatsoever. Had lines like, "These three convicts walked out to the center of the pasture, and commenced to odd-manning. They did." His concept of the opening coin toss. Of course, I had to have the adults explain much of it to me. He also had one called What It Was, Was Baseball too.
Long before Bob Newhart or Chevy Chase, or even before TV was all that common, Andy Griffith was a comedic actor. Gave up a lot of that to be a straight man for Don Knotts on the TV show. Damn sure brought a lot of smiles to a lot of folks. Taught some life lessons along the way too.
I heard an interview with Ron Howard once where he said one of the conditions of him agreeing to do Happy Days was that there had to be a character with a dumber name than Opie. Thus Poxie Webber came to the world.

Rest in peace, Sherrif Taylor. Thanks for the laughs, the smiles. And the life lessons.

 
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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 11:00 AM
RIP Mr. Griffith His shows were pieces of true Americana.

 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 11:43 AM


RIP sheriff man

Barney: Aw Andy, you know we couldn't have given that sobriety test to Otis last night.
Andy: Why not?
Barney: He was too drunk.

 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 12:19 PM
Goober & Andy in the same year
That's a real bummer.

 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 01:55 PM
The Andy Griffith Show is my favorite TV program of all time. Nothing captured my youth in a small town in West Virginia like Andy and crew did in that show. Years ago, a farmer in the middle of nowhere in the farm lands of central Ohio recreated Wally's filling station in front of his barn and for many years, he hosted a one-day celebration of all things Mayberry. My sister and I would always make the trek when we could. And, people came from all over to see police cars made up by collectors exactly like the ones Andy and Barney drove on the show, impersonators and more. But even more special, many of the actors and guest actors from the actual show came out to meet people, tell stories and sign autographs. Don Knotts even made it out one year. Andy never did show, however. But one actor fromthe show that did come was Bernard Fox who played the English valet named Malcolm Merryweather that stayed at Andy's house in a couple of episodes. At the get-together, he still knew how to draw the faces on the eggs and make a tree out of torn newspaper and all of the tricks he showed Opie in those episodes.

Andy Griffith was my dream interview, but it never happened. However, I did get to interview a few folks whom worked with him. I have interviewed three of the musicians who played on the Andy Griffith Show - Doug and Rodney Dillard and Roland White. White was in the first bluegrass band that Andy brought onto the show, which featured his legendary brother Clarence White, and the Dillard boys played those memorable characters on the show known as the Darlings. More on those interviews later. The bottom line is that Andy loved bluegrass string music and made sure to showcase it on his TV program. Considering how popular the show has been for over half a century, he is literally responsible for a ton of folks getting turned onto bluegrass music over the years and that is awesome and appreciated.


I also interviewed Marty Stuart, who produced Andy's Christmas album a few years ago and played with him on the Grand Ole Opry, and he talked about how wherever he went with him, Andy was treated like a rock star by all who saw him or came in contact with him.




 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 01:57 PM
The episode with Andy and Opie and the birds still gets me every time. It is simply brilliant. You can watch it here in three parts;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTQwKoNu3r8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K62rLMz3zW0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9ZcwHR1yjA

 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 01:59 PM
Like most of us on here that have hair of gray if we have any left at all, now! Today, I Lost a big part of the culture of the Southof my youth. and like many, the Andy Griffith Showwas & is my favorite TV show of all time. Ang, say hey to Goober for us, old friend! there's a thread on the AG today, about what celebrity death made you cry - well this one comes damn close! Barny, you beat all you know that? or Briscoe saying, Boys git yer instruments and we'll scrub one off for ya, Sherrif! Just jump on in and hang on!

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 02:09 PM

Leland Sklar - "I am so broken hearted to hear of the passing of Andy Griffith. I, just as everyone, adored this man. I had the great pleasure of doing two albums with him. He won a grammy for Gospel album of the year with the first one. I sat there and pinched myself daily sitting next to him and thinking, "That's Andy Griffith!". One of the best things was coming home one day a while later and the light on my answering machine was blinking and when I checked my message it said, "Hi Lee! Andy here in North Carolina. Just wanted to check in and say hi and see how you are doing!" My whole career was worth that phone message. We stayed friends and called on a regular basis to say hi! RIP Andy...you brought so much pleasure to us! Thank you."


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Rodney Dillard and Maggie Peterson
Issue Statement on Death of Andy Griffith

Atlanta, GA (July 3, 2012) Rodney Dillard and Maggie Peterson have both issued statements regarding the death of actor Andy Griffith who died today in Dare County, North Carolina. Both appeared as part of the Darling family on The Andy Griffith Show in the ‘60s.

“Andy Griffith became more than an icon. He represented American family values and has given comfort and hope in these uncertain times. He gave The Dillards (The Darlings) an opportunity to be part of this. Andy was kind, generous and patient with an inexperienced group of pickers from the Ozark Mountains. Andy Griffith’s impact on the world will last forever,” said Rodney Dillard.

Maggie Peterson, who played the role of Charlene Darling on The Andy Griffith Show (1963-1968) kept in contact with Andy throughout the years. Today in a tearful statement, she said “The passing of Andy leaves me so saddened. It feels like the presence that kept us steady in life is now gone. The Darling family was treated with such respect on the show. These could have been ridiculous characters without Andy’s respectful reaction to us. Everyone will truly miss him. Thank God we have those beautiful episodes to keep us company. He enhanced my life and I will miss him so.”



And when Maggie said above, "These could have been ridiculous characters without Andy’s respectful reaction to us," the best example of that is the following music performance clip from the Andy Griffith Show. It is a Dillards original song called "There Is A Time" and Maggie sings it wonderfully as the character Charlene Darling. Andy is playing along, but about half way through he stops playing guitar, realizing how beautiful a song it is, and you can see by the way he reacts that he was about showing the world how wonderful this kind of music really is. Watch it here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcBYKL_ungg

 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 02:22 PM
RIP Andy. The best.

 

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  posted on 7/3/2012 at 02:56 PM
Yes, this one feels personal. Well done Andy! You touched many lives.

 

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