One of North Carolina's treasures, actor, comedian and musician Andy Griffith, passed this morning, July 3, at the age of 86. Reports state that he passed at his home on Roanoke Island at about 7 a.m.
Though Griffith is most widely known as Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show and lawyer Ben Matlock on Matlock, he started as a musician and graduated from UNC with a degree in music where he was also a member of the men's glee club.
He recorded a number of gospel and country albums during is lengthy career and could be heard singing in many episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and even Matlock. He was inducted into the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
Check out Griffith's version The Andy Griffith show theme song called "The Fishin' Hole," complete with vocals, below. Also check out the music video for his 2008 collaboration with Brad Paisley, "Waitin' on a Woman" below as well. It was filmed mostly at the Tanger Outlet shopping center in Nags Head and received the County Music Association award for video of the year in 2008.