Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Andy Griffith's Mayberry: Americana Lost and Found

Enjoyed this, Ed.  I remember watching the show but had forgotten music was featured. Interesting to know the backstory of that.

I doubt Otis Campbell ever sang in an episode, but the actor who played him, Hal Smith, made a good living with his voice, voiceover work as Owl in Winnie the Pooh, also The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons and others.

Just an excellent Broadside Ed...I owned a restaurant for a few years...this was back before you had to have tv's on every wall...there was a young car salesman that worked close by who would come and eat his dinner at the same time 3 nights a was an off time business wise, so I always gave him the remote for the one tve we had, and he always pulled up Andy Griffith on the cable...I was amazed that some kid (20 something) was enthralled by that show, but he loved it...the simplicity and the slow pace of Mayberry...and the music too, I must have watched pieces of most episodes with the guy the 4 years I owned the restaurant, and I had seen almost all of them as a kid...

I knew the Dillards had been on there several times, but I didn't realize Clarence White had appeared...Andy was ahead of the curve's funny...I can still watch that show if I happen to see it on...Dick Van Dyke too...

The guys who wrote The Andy Griffith Show’s theme song (Fishin’ Hole) also wrote the theme to Dick Van Dykes’. How’s that for trivia?

I did not know that...I did love the pratfall over the ottoman that Dick Van Dyke did at the beginning of the show while the theme was playing...those were the shows that were on when I was a kid...4 channels is all we had...

I watched The Andy Griffith Show as a kid and enjoyed it. It wasn't until I was an adult that I understood Mayberry, NC was dry and that is why Otis was arrested for being drunk.

And of course The Andy Griffith Show also gave a boost to the singing career of the late great Jim Nabors.



Off topic but I just read that is offering a full refund if  they "Uncover your ethnic mix, distant relatives, and even new ancestors" are from a shithole country!


That's a lie...they didn't give me any money back Mr. Mutt...

I believe the offer had to be withdrawn when if was discovered that 99.99999% of us have heritage linking us to shithole countries.

Yep...I didn't get in on the refund thing early enough...I heard the POTUS got his money back though...

They couldn't get any readable human DNA sequence from POTUS so he got his money back because his DNA would not align to any known eukaryotic species. 

After looking up what "eukaryotic" means I learned that you are basically saying Trump is about on the same level as bacteria...Sounds about right.

A very interesting post Ed. I watched this show growing up but don't remember the musical aspects of it and was rather amazed the Dillards and others were guests. I did learn later that Andy Griffith was also a musician and that he made a movie playing one called "A Face in the Crowd" which I've never seen but has some great credentials and has apparently gained in respect over the years.

The one episode I always remember was about a drifter who came to town and was a great procrastinator who was influencing Opie to a degree that worried Andy and the moral of the story was how unproductive putting things off until tomorrow was. But that philosophy struck me as very seductive and I'm afraid I've adhered to it ever since.

In "A Face In The Crowd" Grififth plays a drifter that is antithesis of amiable Sheriff Taylor. Watch the movie and see if Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes (who is described as  having "the courage of his ignorance") doesn't remind you of Donald Shithole Trump. 

Check out this compilation of quotes from the film.

Thanks for that link to those quotes Mr. Clown. It was uncanny how many of them seem to be talking about the current abomination for our nation.

If only life were like the movies.  The country doesn't seem to be turning on Trump quite the way they did on Lonesome Rhodes.


Glad you enjoyed it Dennis. Wasn’t prepared to respond your comment until tomorrow.... 

I remember that episode too...that one stuck with me as well...

"A Face in the Crowd" is quite a will remind you of someone you don't like, I can assure you...

In an interview with one of the Dillards, I read that Andy encouraged the boys to perform their original songs on TAGS episodes, as this would ensure them some residual royalties. He also can be heard singing--or maybe just playing and humming--one of them ("There Is a Time") on an episode in which the group didn't appear, a very nice gesture.

Great story. Thanks for sharing. 

His first record. Good work dude.