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Died On This Date (July 3, 2012) Andy Griffith / Beloved Actor & Grammy Winning Singer

Posted by themusicsover on July 3, 2012

Andy Griffith
June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012

Although known the world over for his portrayal of two iconic television characters, Andy Griffith was also a Grammy-winning singer.  Regularly exposed to music from a young age, Griffith gravitated toward the arts while in school.  While growing up, he performed in many local productions while learning to sing and play the trombone.  After graduating from college with a degree in music, Griffith headed to Broadway.  But by the late ’50s he was earning rave reviews for his performances in films like A Face In The Crowd and No Time For Sergeants.  In 1960, Griffith began starring as Sheriff Andy Taylor, the non-gun toting lawman in the television comedy series, The Andy Griffith Show.  The program, which ran until 1968, went on to become one of the most beloved television series of all time.  Another of Griffith’s iconic characters came in the form of Ben Matlock in the legal drama series, Matlock.    The popular show, which began in 1986, ran until 1995, after which Griffith went on to appear in countless films and television programs.  Being a trained singer and musician afforded Griffith the opportunity to perform in some of his acting roles, most notably, The Andy Griffith Show and A Face In The Crowd.  Over the years, he released over a dozen albums which were generally Southern Gospel. His 1996 album, I Love To Tell The Story: 25 Timeless Hymns, sold over a million copies and earned him two Grammys.   Griffith stayed active well into the 2000s with numerous cameos and such.  On July 3, 2012, it was reported that Andy Griffith passed away of natural causes. He was 86.

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Died On This Date (May 16, 2012) Doug Dillard / Banjo Great; The Dillards

Posted by themusicsover on May 16, 2012

Doug Dillard
March 6, 1937 – May 16, 2012

Doug Dillard was a world-renowned banjo player and founding member of the Dillards.  Formed in 1962, the pickers eventually added electric guitars, drums and keyboards to the mix which in turn, laid the foundation for country rock to come in the early ’70s, and newgrass in the ’80s and ’90s.  Artists who have taken a cue for the Dillards include the Flying Burrito Brothers, the Eagles, New Grass Revival, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sam Bush, String Cheese Incident, Ricky Skaggs, and the Byrds.  The Dillards made their mark on television as well.  During the ’60s, they had a recurring role as the Darlings, a bluegrass band that performed on the Andy Griffith Show.  The group continued to release albums well into the ’90s.   Outside of the Dillards, Doug also performed alongside the ByrdsGene Clark as the Dillard and Clark Band.  Throughout his career, he either performed or recorded with the likes of Elton John, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, and Linda Ronstadt.  Doug Dillard was 75 when he passed away on May 16, 2012.

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Died On This Date (August 2, 2010) Mitch Jayne / The Dillards

Posted by themusicsover on August 2, 2010

Mitch Jayne
July 5, 1930 – August 2, 2010

Mitch Janye was the long time bassist for influential bluegrass band, the Dillards.  He was also the author of many of the groups most beloved songs.  Formed in 1962, the pickers eventually added electric guitars, drums and keyboards to the mix which in turn, laid the foundation for country rock to come in the early ’70s, and newgrass in the ’80s and ’90s.  Artists who have taken a cue for the Dillards include the Flying Burrito Brothers, the Eagles, New Grass Revival, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sam Bush, String Cheese Incident, Ricky Skaggs, and the Byrds.  The Dillards made their mark on television as well.  During the ’60s, they had a recurring role as the Darlings, a bluegrass band that performed on the Andy Griffith Show.  The group continued to release albums well into the ’90s.  Outside of the Dillards, Jayne authored several books, hosted a radio show, and spent time as a school teacher.  Mitch Jayne was 80 when he passed away on August 2, 2010.

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Died On This Date (May 26, 2008) Earle Hagen / TV Theme Composer

Posted by themusicsover on May 26, 2010

Earle Hagen
July 9, 1919 – May 26, 2008

Earle Hagen, was the Emmy Award-winning television composer who could count the iconic theme to The Andy Griffith Show as his own.  A talented musician himself, Hagen left home at the young age of 16 to play the trombone with Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.  In the ’40s he went to work for the studios composing theme music for films and television.  Some of his more popular included Make Room For Daddy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and That Girl.  Earle Hagen died of natural causes on May 26, 2008.

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Died On This Date (December 2, 1986) Desi Arnaz / World Famous Bandleader and TV Star

Posted by themusicsover on December 2, 2009

Desi Arnaz
March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986

Desi Arnaz was a world famous Cuban-born singer, musician, band leader, television actor and producer who became a household name thanks to his starring role in the 196os sitcom, I Love Lucy.  Arnaz was playing guitar for Xavier Cugat when, in 1940, he was cast in the film version of the Broadway musical, Too Many Girls.   It was there that he met future wife and I Love Lucy co-star, Lucille Ball.  The weekly comedy program premiered in October of 1951 and went on to become one of television’s most beloved shows.  Besides the show’s world famous theme song, Arnaz and his orchestra performed many Latin jazz numbers on the program, most of which have been released on album.  The show’s success lead to the couple forming their own production company which developed several groundbreaking techniques that have become standard in the industry.  Desilu Productions went on to produce such shows as the Andy Griffith Show, Star Trek, The Untouchables and the Danny Thomas Show.   After I Love Lucy went off the air in 1960, Arnaz mostly retreated to behind the scenes to run the studio.  On December 2, 1986, Desi Arnaz died of lung cancer at the age of 69.

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