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May 7

“Andy Griffith Show” Actor George Lindsey Dies

George Lindsey

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 7: Actor George Lindsey of 'The Andy Griffith Show' attends the 2nd Annual TV Land Awards held on March 7, 2004 at The Hollywood Palladium, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

GAC extends condolences to the family, friends and fans of actor George Lindsey, who died Sunday in Nashville after an extended hospitalization, reports The Tennessean. He was 83. Lindsey was most widely known for playing Goober Pyle on the iconic television series The Andy Griffith Show.

One of Lindsey’s last appearances was at Ray Stevens’ CD release party Feb. 28 at The Rutledge in Nashville to lend support to his good friend and fellow comedian.

“He was in a wheelchair that night and he was really going out of his way to show up for that,” said Stevens to The Tennessean. The two were friends with Lindsey for 35 years. “That’s the kind of friend he was. He was on his last legs that night.”

In a statement released today, Stevens added: “George Lindsey was an excellent actor and comedian as well as a great humanitarian and my good friend. He will be missed by millions and especially by me and the other members of a little group he was a part of that we call the ‘Nashville Breakfast Club.’ We had breakfast together every Saturday morning for years. I remember once when it was Goober’s turn to pick up the check, he studied it carefully for a long time and then asked ‘Who had the jelly?’”

Actor Andy Griffith said in a statement that accompanied the family’s Sunday-morning announcement of Mr. Lindsey’s death: “George Lindsey was my friend. I had great respect for his talent and his human spirit. In recent years, we spoke often by telephone. Our last conversation was a few days ago. We would talk about our health, how much we missed our friends who passed before us and usually about something funny. I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our eighties, we were not afraid to say, ‘I love you.’ That was the last thing George and I had to say to each other. ‘I love you.’ ” Continue Reading


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Jun 7

GAC Album Review: The Grascal’s Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot And Ravelin’

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show, The Grascals pay tribute to the classic program with a collection of traditional bluegrass tunes taken mostly from the series itself — the EP Dance ‘Til Your Stockings are Hot and Ravelin’.

“All of us are huge fans of the show,” says The Grascals bass player Terry Smith. “We even have trivia contests with our audiences on the road.”

This kind of enthusiasm is heard all throughout the 7-song EP, on which the Grammy-nominated musicians transport the listener back in time to when the songs were first heard.

“Boil Them Cabbage Down” opens with a fiddle sounding the alarm to get everyone involved before banjo, mandolin, bass and guitars jump in. “Boil them cabbage down, bake them biscuits brown,” guitar players Terry Eldgredge and Jamie Johnson, along with Terry Smith, sing in textured three-part harmony. Continue Reading


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