Andy Griffith died today at the age of 86. The folksy actor was best known for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor on the Andy Griffith Show, where he portrayed a young Ron Howard’s dad. (Howard’s character, of course, was the famously-named ‘Opie.’) One of the most memorable attributes of The Andy Griffith Show was the catchy opening theme song. Reason being that the song was done entirely with whistles. The legendary TV composer Earle Hagen took on the whistling duties, and helped create one of the most recognizable TV theme songs of all time.
Don’t believe me? Try listening to an earful of the following without the word “catchy” coming to mind several times over:
COMPOSER EARL HAGEN IN HIS OWN WORDS: “While sitting at home wracking my brain for an idea for a theme for the Griffith show, it finally occurred to me that it should be something simple, something you could whistle. With that in mind, it took me about an hour to write the Andy Griffith theme.”
As a tribute to the legendary Andy Griffith, we’re paying our respects to the actor who brought joy to millions from the fictional town of Mayberry. Actually, we solemnly salute the passing of the man with parrots whistling their respects. Enjoy, Mr Griffith, from that fictional sheriff’s office in the sky. (NOTE: For best effect, try playing all the videos at the same time.)