I realize this is a music blog, but for some reason the news of Griffith's passing inspired me to want to share a few things with you...
Griffith was inspired to a career in the arts by his early love of music, and his first role was as folk singer/demagogue Lonesome Rhodes in 1957's A Face In The Crowd:
But of course, he was born and raised in North Carolina, and his best-known work was based there... and music was always a big part of the show. I was always partial to the version of the theme song with words:
And, heck, remember the Darlin's? (The Dillards) One of the best intersections of comedy and music ever - great, great stuff: