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The Fishin' Hole (theme to The Andy Griffith Show) by Andy Griffith
Album: American OriginalsReleased: 1960
This is possibly the most recognized TV theme song known to mankind. It's almost impossible not to whistle along to this (if you can whistle at all). It has become a cultural icon associated with the image of Andy Griffith and Ron Howard (now an award winning director) as Andy and Opie Taylor walking on the dirt road with their cane poles on their way to the "fishin' hole." This reminds us all of a simpler time, a simpler place in American history.
The song was written specifically for the show by the composers Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer, who teamed up to form the Spencer-Hagen Orchestra and write music for films and TV shows. In addition to The Andy Griffith Show, they also did the theme for Make Room for Daddy, and Hagen wrote the music for The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mod Squad.
According to Hagen, The Andy Griffith Show called for "a simple tune," so that's what they delivered. He says it was written in about 15 minutes. Hagen did the famous whistling.
There were lyrics written for this song, but they weren't used on the show. The words were composed by the actor Everett Sloane (who appeared on an episode of the show in 1962), and are about killing time at the fishin' hole. It begins:Well, now, take down your fishin' pole
And meet me at the fishin' hole
We may not get a bite all day
But don't you rush away
Andy Griffith sang this version, which later surfaced on Youtube