Two Chairs No Waiting 38: James Best Interview

by Floyd on June 30, 2009

Host: Allan Newsome
Special Guest: James Best
Running time: 0:13:26

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James Best is best remembered by most as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane from “The Dukes of Hazzard” but fans of “The Andy Griffith Show” will remember him as guitar player Jim Lindsey.  Mr. Best is a very kind person and someone that fans fall in love with even more following a personal meeting.

This interview was recorded on June 26, 1998.

Q. Who was playing the guitar for Jim Lindsey, was it really James Best?
A. James did NOT play his own songs. James can’t play a guitar. James has stated at reunion events that he thought Herb Ellis was the one doing the actual playing of the guitar in those episodes but James wasn’t certain.

Earle Hagen was the music director for The Andy Griffith Show and he himself told TAGSRWC’s own Paul Mulik that the person playing was Barney Kessel so that’s good enough for me. Earle ought to know.

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Tim Bradshaw January 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Good Ole James Best…have not met him yet but I do have an autographed photo from him that I bought from his website. I have always enjoyed his performances in things like Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock, and many westerns and the like. Very good all around actor and who can forget him on TAGS. One of a kind, one of the Best !

On to #39


Sam Reaves March 7, 2016 at 7:08 pm

Does anyone know the brand(s) of guitars James Best “played”? The name is blacked out on
“The Guitar Player” episode.



Bluzmon April 1, 2016 at 9:57 am

In the episode where Jim comes back to Mayberry and is broke when he’s over at Andy’s house it looks like he’s playing a Fender Jazzmaster. It’s also the episode where Bobby Fleet rehires him and give him a raise. Whoever was playing the guitar was one great guitar player


ajay October 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Great entertainment, unlike the crapola on TV these days. Not scared to let the children watch for fear of sex talk and actions that we are bombarded with today.


Eric January 22, 2017 at 4:29 am

Could Clara really play the organ? I play and it doesnt appear she really knows how.


Floyd January 23, 2017 at 8:51 pm

Thanks a good question. I’m not sure if I can find out the answer for you but I’ll see what I can do! Thanks for being part of the show!


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