Andy Griffith had strong ties to country music, notably appearing in Brad Paisley‘s “Waitin’ on a Woman” video in 2008. According to The Tennessean, Griffith also made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 1954 and played there as recently as 2003. In addition, Grand Ole Opry star Randy Travis guest starred in a few episodes of Griffith’s hit show Matlock in the early ’90s, and The Andy Griffith Show‘s fictional town of Mayberry provided the title of a #1 hit for Rascal Flatts in 2003.
News of Andy Griffith’s passing Tuesday morning at age 86 brought reaction from country stars through press statements and Twitter posts:
Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott — “Heaven gained a talented man today. Mr. Andy Griffith, thanks for giving me amazing memories with my family growing up watching your show!”
Scotty McCreery — “RIP Andy Griffith.. We lost a legend today that provided me and my family some great quality time around the tv filled with some good laughs.”
Rodney Atkins — “Rest In Peace Andy Griffith. Praying for his family, friends and fans.
Wynonna — “I have seen every single episode of Andy Griffith & I own them all. Years ago, my mom worked with Mr. Andy & she had him call & leave me a voicemail message. I kept it for years. I never knew my biological father, so to me, Andy was the epitome of a loving & caring example to Opie & I looked up to him. There are no more shows like The Andy Griffith Show & there never will be.”
Chris Young — “Andy Griffith made so many memories for multiple generations… R.I.P.”
Jerrod Niemann — “Ahhh So bummed about Andy Griffith. No one will forget his talent & the great memories he left behind. RIP you’re truly missed”
Kix Brooks — “Oh No Andy !!- was the role model for my childhood -my mom passed -grand ma came to live -Dad was just like him – – bye Ange ! tell Barn hi”
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