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TCNW 418: Barney and the Choir

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:31:58

This episode we’ll be talking about the “Barney and the Choir” episode (#52) of TAGS from season two.  What got it in my mind is that spring has just begun and Good Ole 14-A was featured on this episode.  It’s real name is “Welcome Sweet Springtime” and way back on Two Chairs No Waiting #95 (Aug 3, 2010) we covered a lot of information about the music so you may want to go back and check out that podcast episode to get your fill of springtime music.

This episode, we’re just going to enjoy the magic that is Barney’s voice so sit back where you can and hang on!

Bonus:  This week in Mayberry History. (No Time for Sergeants)

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TCNW 417: Jeff Pruitt Takes a Wife

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:25:14

We’re talking about “The Farmer Takes a Wife” episode of TAGS from season two.  Jeff Pruitt came to town and the fun happened.  Audio/video clips and trivila all about Jeff Pruitt.  You’re going to enjoy this or my name isn’t Floyd….err…Allan.

Bonus:  This week in Mayberry History.

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Two Chairs No Waiting 207: Public Domain Episodes

Two Chairs No WaitingHost: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:18:10

A discussion over at the iMayberry Community drew me into a discussion about public domain episodes and what does it mean that the episodes are “public domain.”

The topic started out about the 1986 NBC TV movie “Return to Mayberry” but side tracked into other areas.  We’ll go through some of the fine points dealing with how hard I have to try not to break the copyright of VIACOM who owns The Andy Griffith Show.

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Two Chairs No WaitingHost: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:30:05

Bobby Fleet and his Band with a Beat has been the focus of the last two episodes of this podcast.  Both episodes of The Andy Griffith Show featuring Bobby Fleet were in the very first season of the series.   Now we move along to season 3 of The Andy Griffith Show when an episode titled “The Mayberry Band” aired on November 19, 1962 and introduced fans to Freddy Fleet and his band.

The mistake made by everybody, including me, is calling Freddy’s band “The Band with a Beat” just like Bobby’s band but that title is never used during the episode.

We always assume that Bobby’s and Freddy’s bands are the same and while Freddy does mention that every time he comes through Mayberry that Andy tries “pot bellied schemes” we don’t know that it is the same band.

Maybe Bobby and Freddy Fleet are brothers who both have bands that travel the state and sometimes come through Mayberry.  Maybe the script continuity person missed this one and gave Mr. Fleet the wrong name.  We’ll never know and it’s for fans to discuss and decide for themselves.

We do know that Freddy Fleet is played by actor Joseph Sirola (born October 7, 1929). Joseph, or Joe, Sirola was once a case worker for the New York City Department of Welfare before becoming perhaps the most successful “voice-over” actor in the history of the profession. His voice has been heard in scores of advertisements since the 1960’s and one cannot listen to a radio or watch a television in a major market without hearing his distinctive voice.

In his long career, Sirola has done everything from beckoning people to Club Med to convincing them to rent from Hertz.  Listen to the podcast for a chance to hear his voice over work and I’m sure you’ll recognize his voice.

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Executive Producer of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #172: Rebecca Spears

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Two Chairs No WaitingHost: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:24:23

In the last episode of the podcast we talked about the 3rd episode of The Andy Griffith Show (TAGS), “The Guitar Player.”  James Best played “Jim Lindsey” and Henry Slate played  “Bobby Fleet.  Now we move on to the character Bobby Fleet’s second appearance on the series in “The Guitar Player Returns.”

“The Guitar Player Returns” is only 7 months and 28 episodes later and the 31st episode of season 1 of TAGS (Oct 17, 1960 – May 16, 1961) and when “Bobby Fleet” appears, he’s a different man.  No longer is Henry Slate playing the character but instead Fleet is played by Herb Ellis.

I mentioned the name Herb Ellis last episode and asked that you remember his name.  There has been discussion about who played the guitar on close-ups of “Jim Lindsey.”  James Best has stated at reunion events that he thought Herb Ellis was the one doing the actual playing of the guitar but he said he wasn’t certain. The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watcher’s Club member Paul Mulik asked Earle Hagen (the music director for TAGS) who was playing for Jim and he answered he was pretty sure was Barney Kessel.

Barney Kessel as a jazz guitarist from Oklahoma and is considered to be one of the greatest jazz guitarist of the 20th century.  He was a member of many prominent jazz groups as well as a “first call” guitarist for studio, film, and television recording sessions.

Back to Herb Ellis.  Turns out Herb Ellis is also the name of a jazz guitarist but this is a different Herb Ellis from the one who plays “Bobby Fleet” in this episode.  That’s right, there are two “Herb Ellis'” just like there are two “Bobby Fleet’s.”   Let’s leave the guitarist, his name is Mitchell Herbert Ellis (Aug 4, 1921 – Mar 28, 2010), here and move long to the actor.

Herb Ellis the actor was born in Cleveland, OH on Jan 17, 1921 ( 91 years ago the day this podcast is released) and his birth name was Herbert Siegel.  Herb Ellis the actor is best known for work with Jack Webb.  He played Officer Frank Smith on the TV version Dragnet (1952) and many other characters on the radio version of Dragnet.  He appeared on many other series Peter Gunn and Perry Mason.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:29:19

Two Chairs No WaitingWe 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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Two Chairs No Waiting 107: Ellie Comes to Town

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:16:38

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As this episode of the podcast is being recorded, it is the 50th anniversary of the first airing of episode number 4 of The Andy Griffith Show titled “Ellie Comes to Town.” That fact and as a result of a voice mail I received this week it seemed fitting to focus just a bit on this episode.

Kevin Burke recapped this episode on his “Burke on Mayberry” podcast(#6) back in April 2008 [a link to his podcast will be given below] but on Two Chairs we’re going to look at a few things that many of you may not have noticed.

We have links to some screen grabs and enlargements of some shots so you can see the things you’ll hear about during Two Chairs No Waiting.

Enjoy the show and tell Goober that Allan says “hey.”

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:16:08

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To start the show, we have a fun bit of “Mayberry in real life” from a listener who wrote in and sent us some photos of his encounter. We’re following that up with a voice mail Mayberry Days memory from Tom and then we’re back to the bank book.

The issue that keeps raising it’s head is “who’s bank book was Andy looking at, his own or Parnell Rigsby’s, when he said, “Ain’t that the saddest bank book you ever saw?” Andy took the bank book out of the same cigar box that he had been keeping Mr. Rigsby’s change purse. I, and many others, have always believed that to be Andy’s bank book BUT there are also a lot of folks that think that it was Mr. Rigsby’s bank book.

I did two episodes of the Two Chairs No Waiting podcast (episodes 74 & 75) on that exact subject and I continue to receive feedback on this topic.

I did screen shots but you can’t tell from them who’s bank book it actually is. Only that there is gold or silver embossed logo/writing on the cover. It certainly appears to be a Savings Account type deposit book from a bank and it certainly not a checkbook ledger.

Does anyone happen to have a copy of the script for “Opie’s Fortune” (#136 season 5)? If so, perhaps it would have stage direction as to who’s bank book Andy is taking from the drawer. Your assistance would be wonderful.

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Executive Producer of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #106: Ron Blankenship

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:11:05

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As you can tell by the name of this episode, we’ll be hearing about “The Andy Griffith Show starring Andy Griffith; with Ronny Howard, Carl Griffith. Also starring, Don Knotts.”  Well, the announcer didn’t say that but I’m sure Andy would have liked it if he had.

In the episode “The Farmer Takes a Wife” guest staring the Skipper himself, Alan Hale Jr., as Jeff Pruitt we see Carl Griffith.  Listen to this episode of Two Chairs No Waiting to find exactly who Carl is and where in the episode he appears.

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Executive Producer of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #85: Joey Bunch

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:20:19

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Our last episode was the question and so it’s fitting that this would be our answer.  A lot of folk either called or wrote in with their opinion about who’s bank book Andy Taylor was looking at in the episode “Opie’s Fortune.”

The question, if you didn’t hear #74 was: Who’s bank book was Andy looking at, his own or Parnell Rigsby’s, when he said, “Ain’t that the saddest bank book you ever saw?” Go back and listen if you missed Two Chairs No Waiting #74…we’ll wait on you.

Let’s see what fellow fans had to say.

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