Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Andy Griffith (L) with Don Knotts and a young Ron Howard
Television Icon Andy Griffith passed away earlier this morning at his home in Manteo, North Carolina. Know best for his starring Role on CBS' The Andy Griffith Show in the '60s and also ABC and NBC Legal-Drama Series Matlock which ran from the mid '80s-'90s, he also won a GRAMMY Award in 1997 for his Gospel Disc, I Love to Tell the Story.

Much of my Summer Vacations as a Kid involved sitting around in the morning watching Re-Runs of The Andy Griffith Show and even though the Show was before my time, the fact that it still held that appeal and relevance many years after are a true indication of Griffith's status as a Pop Culture Icon. He was last seen in 2009 Comedy Play the Game as a widowed Grandfather who gets dating tips and tricks from his Grandson. Griffith will be missed dearly and is remembered fondly.

Although many of us never got a chance to hear it, Griffith recorded a full Version of the Theme Song to The Andy Griffith Show.

Listen to it in full below:

(Photo credit/audio content: CBS)