A Mayberry minute with ‘Andy Griffith Show’ alum Rodney Dillard

Bluegrass-country rocker Rodney Dillard, best known as the non-speaking, open-mouthed lead singer of the Darling Family hillbillies on six hilarious episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show,” relives those halcyon Mayberry years in a heart-warming feature story. In the accompanying vintage still 39-year-old Andy Griffith is seen on a December 1965 calendar advertising the witty “Romeo and Juliet” monologist’s Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino stand-up appearances. Image Credit: The Bart Boatwright Collection

“Relax, slow down, take it easy…what’s your hurry?” Guest preacher Dr. Harrison Everett Breen of New York City delivered those soothing words to the All Souls Church non-denominational congregation in “The Sermon for Today,” a superior 1963 episode of The Andy Griffith Show encapsulating exactly the tone which made the series such a resounding pop culture juggernaut. Although not…