Andy Griffith studied music, so it might not surprise many of his fans to learn that he was a southern gospel singer. Griffith sang as part of some of his acting roles, most notably in A Face in the Crowd and in many episodes of both The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock . In addition to his recordings of comic monologues in the 1950s, he made an album of upbeat country and gospel tunes during the run of The Andy Griffith Show , which included a version of the show’s theme sung by Griffith under the title ” The Fishin’ Hole “. In recent years, he recorded successful albums of classic Christian hymns for Sparrow Records .
His most successful was the release I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns (1996), which was certified platinum by the RIAA. The album won Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album at the 1997 Grammy Awards . Griffith also appeared in country singer Brad Paisley ‘s music video ” Waitin’ on a Woman ” in 2008.
One of The Show’s Principal Directors Was on the 50's Blacklist
In the 1950’s, Coby Ruskin was charged with being a Communist sympathizer, and he was banned from Hollywood. That accusation was made by the later-discredited “Red Channels” publication which fed on American fears caused by the Cold War. For a short time, Ruskin had to work in England to make a living.
Coby Ruskin directed eighteen episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and 92 episodes of Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. He also directed episodes of The Bob Newhart Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Julia, The Bill Cosby Show, The Doris Day Show, Love, American Style, Here's Lucy and Sanford and Son.
Andy Griffith Was Buried Just Hours After Passing Away
July 3, 2012 was a very sad day for fans when the much loved star Andy Griffith passed away, and what's worse, they didn’t have much time to mourn him. He passed away in his home in North Carolina.
Andy Griffith’s family requested that his body be immediately buried in Roanoke Island, North Carolina. Within hours of his death, the famed TV and movie star was interred. Memorials were given but only after he had already been laid to rest.
Andy Griffith sued Andy Griffith
The actor Andy Griffith sued another man named Andy Griffith in 2006! William Fenrick of Platteville, Wisconsin , legally changed his name to Andrew Jackson Griffith and ran, unsuccessfully, for sheriff of Grant County in November 2006. Subsequently, actor Griffith filed a lawsuit against Fenrick, asserting that he violated trademark, copyright , and privacy laws by changing his name for the "sole purpose of taking advantage of Griffith's fame in an attempt to gain votes."
On May 4, 2007, US District Court Judge John C. Shabaz ruled that Fenrick did not violate federal trademark law because he did not use the Griffith name in a commercial transaction, but instead in order "to seek elective office”, a fundamental First Amendment protected speech.
Continuity Errors Ran Rampant
Mayberry was the perfect little all-American town. Well, nearly perfect. Like any television show operating on a fixed schedule and budget, The Andy Griffith Show let many minor goofs slip by on screen. Back in the 1960s, especially in black and white, momentary mistakes like the shadow of a boom mic or an actor's visible tape marks on the floor were tough to spot. Now that the classic sitcom can be seen in crisp, beautiful digital images, these little errors are easier to notice.
Throughout the series, reflections of the camera crew can be briefly glimpsed in Mayberry's storefronts. Chalk and tape marks can often be caught. Re-filming is expensive, and many TV shows at the time didn’t employ full-time continuity directors. There’s a great example from episode 3 of season 3. When the new mayor is nearly attacked by a bear, he starts climbing up a tree. In the shot of the bear rushing toward the camera, its animal trainer can clearly be seen releasing the animal.