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Atlanta, GA (July 3, 2012)  Rodney Dillard and Maggie Peterson have both issued statements regarding the death of actor Andy Griffith who died today in Dare County, North Carolina.  Both appeared as part of the Darling family on The Andy Griffith Show in the ‘60s.

Rodney Dillard on guitar with The Dillards, 1962 – Andy Griffith Show

 “Andy Griffith became more than an icon.  He represented American family values and has given comfort and hope in these uncertain times.  He gave The Dillards (The Darlings) an opportunity to be part of this.  Andy was kind, generous and patient with an inexperienced group of pickers from the Ozark Mountains.  Andy Griffith’s impact on the world will last forever,” said Rodney Dillard.  Rodney appeared in six episodes of The Andy Griffith Show (1963-1966), Return to Mayberry TV movie (1986) and composer of the Andy Griffith Show Reunion TV special (1993). 

 Maggie Peterson, who played the role of Charlene Darling on The Andy Griffith Show (1963-1968), kept in contact with Andy throughout the years.  Today in a tearful statement, she said “The passing of Andy leaves me so saddened.  It feels like the presence that kept us steady in life is now gone.   The Darling family was treated with such respect on the show.  These could have been ridiculous characters without Andy’s respectful reaction to us.  Everyone will truly miss him.  Thank God we have those beautiful episodes to keep us company.   He enhanced my life and I will miss him so.”

 In 1962, The Dillards, who had a new recording contract with Elektra Records, were asked by the producers of The Andy Griffith Show to play a bluegrass-playing family (The Darlings), whose patriarch was to played by popular Hollywood actor Denver Pyle… and to this day The Dillards are seen nearly every day somewhere in the world thanks to the still enormous popularity of The Andy Griffith Show re-runs.  Rodney Dillard wrote and collaborated with others to write such classic songs as “There Is A Time”, “The Darlin’ Boys”, “Ebo Walker”, and “Dooley.”

Rodney & Beverly Dillard at IBMA 2011

Rodney Dillard is still active in the Bluegrass Community and attends the IBMA Conference in Nashville every year. In 2010, Rodney released the album entitled, I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry.

– Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN

George “Goober” and Lulu, Hee-Haw Reunion, Photo-Phil Johnson

Nashville, TN (May 6, 2012) – Country Music and television fans are collectively mourning the passing of George “Goober” Lindsey, who passed away early this morning at the age of 83 after an extended illness. Lindsey was probably best remembered for his character Goober Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD. Lindsey continued this beloved role on TV’s HEE-HAW, one of the longest running shows in production in television history.

“If I wanted a supercharger on the squad car, I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU.”

Lindsey recently appeared on Country’s Family Reunion:  Salute to the Kornfield, which celebrated the show and reunited many of the characters of HEE-HAW for the first time since production ended.  Sadly, this was one of the last on-camera performances by George Lindsey, whose sole career mission was “to make people smile.”

“Now Goober, this is a Emaj9th chord, just like George Harrison plays in The Beatles.”

“What an absolute blessing it was to have George Lindsey and all of his friends on Salute to the Kornfield,” said Larry Black, founder of Gabriel Communications and Producer of Country’s Family Reunion. “Unfortunately, for all of us, it turns out that this appearance was among his last…this makes the memories all the more precious.”

– Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN