07/04/12 75 W - + 4 - 0 Remembering Andy

How about a pair of selections from his early recording career? Here's the great Andy Griffith, who passed away yesterday, singing a snappy rendition of The Midnight Special. Recorded in 1959. And one of his comic takes on a literature classic, Romeo and Juliet. It was part of his stand-up routine, and was also featured in an episode of the Andy griffith Show. It was also recorded in the late 1950s.


Sorry Mike. I know he did a lot to put NC on the map, so to speak. But I also heard several people that knew him personally say how mean and nasty he was, especially to his wife. I’m not sad that he’s gone. I mourn in stead for the four men of the 145th Airlift Wing from NC ANG Charlotte, of which my good friend is a pilot, who perished when their C-130 went down in S. Dakota fighting the wildfire.

That seems a lot more relevant to me.
Duda (Email) - 07/04/12 - 15:51

Thank you for your opinion.
Legeros - 07/04/12 - 16:04

Thank you for posting, Mike. Andy Griffith was perhaps our state’s greatest ambassador and personifies the phrase “North Carolinian.” It is also of historical significance that he used our highway patrol in a few episodes. The earlier ones were actors with generic uniforms; however, in later episodes actual troopers were used with correct uniform/badge/patch of the time period.
Jason (Email) - 07/04/12 - 16:25

Duda, very true. When my sister was down at UNC-W she did an internship at Carolco Studios in Wilmington. Matlock was taped there; sis said he was a very nasty, mean old man. I know he was a voice in many folks homes around the area, so we’ll just leave the rest alone.
Silver - 07/04/12 - 21:00

Just goes to show that no matter the good you do, or what we think you did, everyone has that ‘other side’ and all of our faults. However, I agree with Duda in that it seems the loss of our 145th Airlift Wing personnel are being lost in the media frenzy. However, in the grand scheme of things, Andy Griffith, even with his faults, put North Carolina on the map in a way, and with the persona he put forth on TV, he did give many people something to feel good about. In my mind, that is what I will remember him for and forgive him whatever faults he had.
DJ - 07/04/12 - 23:19

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