Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:29:19
We first meet Bobby Fleet on The Andy Griffith Show episode “The Guitar Player.” You’ll remember that episode with James Best as “Jim Lindsey” who Andy helps find a job playing guitar. There are close-ups of “Jim” playing the guitar and Jame Best can’t play the guitar. Mr. Best has said at events that the fellow who played the close-ups may have been Herb Ellis. We’ll talk about Herb more later (next podcast) so keep him in your memory.
The character “Bobby Fleet” was played by Henry Slate. Mr. Slate appeared in only one episode of The Andy Griffith Show but he was in a long list of movies including Winged Victory, You’re in the Navy Now, The Jazz Singer, Rock around the Clock, The Shootist, Norma Rae, and the Disney films The Strongest Man in the World, No Deposit No Return, Gus, The Shaggy D.A., Pete’s Dragon, The Cat from Outer Space and Herbie Goes Bananas. He was also on many TV series like Mission: Impossible, The Rockford Files, Starsky and Hutch, Barney Miller, Quincy M.E., and Lassie.
We’re going to enjoy meeting Bobby Fleet and the other characters that join us in “The Guitar Player.” As I was going through this episode, I just kept finding great quotes that brought a smile to my face and I’m sure they’ll do the same for you.
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