guitarist on old Andy Griffith show

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guitarist on old Andy Griffith show

Postby rhirvine » Sat May 11, 2019 5:13 pm

I've been watching the old black and white Andy Griffith shows and a show had James Best as a young guitar player from Mayberry. I could see that Best wasn't really playing and when they showed the guitarists hands playing it was someone else's forearms and hands. I thought they might have used Jimmy Bryant or Hank Garland maybe but in the credits I saw the name Herb Ellis who was a great jazz guitarist originally from Texas. The playing he did was great. James Best went on to play the Sheriff in the Dukes of Hazard TV series. I just thought someone might find it interesting.
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Re: guitarist on old Andy Griffith show

Postby Doug Working » Sat May 11, 2019 5:38 pm

I always wanted to get down to the truth of whether that was really James playing. I've watched the hands in that episode VERY closely on numerous occasions to try to reach a conclusion.

To further complicate matters, I had actually read that James was a fantastic guitar player in real life.
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Re: guitarist on old Andy Griffith show

Postby Sholmst » Sun May 12, 2019 2:56 am

I alway thought it was Herb Ellis but I found out the Herb Ellis in the credits is an actor. Further investigation revealed that Howard Roberts is the guitarist on the show. At least that's what my research revealed. The playing is great no matter who did it.
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Re: guitarist on old Andy Griffith show

Postby Doug Working » Sun May 12, 2019 2:27 pm

And the editing team on the show did a great job of making it look pretty believable, considering the primitive technology they had to work with in the 60's.
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