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We lost an American treasure, yesterday, with the death of actor Andy Griffith, better known as Sheriff Andy Taylor from the fictional town of Mayberry, NC. Griffith died at the age of 86.
Griffith’s portrayal of Sheriff Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show aired on CBS from 1960 to 1968. Most folks remember the opening credits with Sherriff Taylor and his young son, Opie (Ron Howard) walking down a “country” lane, fishing poles in hand, to the accompaniment of a cheerful whistle.
Show Trivia: That lake was called Myers Lake in the show and supposedly near the fictional Mayberry, NC. The lake is actually Franklin Canyon Lake, part of a reservoir system in Beverly Hills, California. The fictional Myers Lake was named after the show's production manager, Frank E. Myers.
The Fishin' Hole theme song was written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer, lyrics by Everett Sloane. Many people (wrongly) assume that Griffith whistled the TV theme song. Still others credit Fred Lowery (1909-1984) a blind professional whistler. BUT it was composer Earle Hagen who whistled the theme. Griffith later sang the song which can be found online.
FYI episodes of The Andy Griffith Show are available on Netflix.