Many of you know that I'm a fan of Andy Griffith. Andy Griffith died today, July 3. He was 86 years old.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Griffith was probably best known for his role as Andy Taylor in the The Andy Griffith Show. When my sons were little boys, I didn't let them watch much TV, but I did let them watch episodes of The Andy Griffith Show.
Here's a clip from one of my favorite episodes (I have many favorites!), "Rafe Hollister Sings."
We also sang along with Andy Griffith a lot. Andy was a music major at UNC. Here Andy, Barney, and Mr. Malcolm Tucker sing "Church in the Wildwood." This clip is from "Man in a Hurry," which is one of the very best Andy Griffith Show episodes.
And here's a very short Andy Griffith Show clip featuring Andy singing "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" with the Darlings, a mountain family who would come into Mayberry from time to time. The fictitious Darling family included the bona fide musical group The Dillards. You can hear Andy's voice very clearly in this clip from "Mountain Wedding."
We also loved listening to Andy Griffith's stand-up comedy routines. Our favorites included his retelling of the stories of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet and his most famous comedy routine: "What It Was, Was Football." If you've never heard this before, you should listen to it. I promise it'll be worth your time.
Are you an Andy Griffith fan?