The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Barney and the Choir 

The choir director invites Barney to join the choir before he realizes Barney can't sing.



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Aunt Bee Taylor


Barney fancies himself a singer and when he offers his services as a tenor to the Mayberry choir master, the man gladly accepts. Everyone else is aghast however because they know something he doesn't: Barney is the closest thing to tone deaf that there is. His shrieking strikes a discordant note with all members of the choir and disrupts their rehearsals. With an important concert coming up, Andy comes up with an idea: tell Barney he's going to be a soloist, but have him speak, rather than sing, his part. Barney likes the soloist part but insists on singing. Andy has to go to plan B which involves convincing Barney that he has to adapt his voice to a a newfangled "soloist's" microphone. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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19 February 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This is the first appearance of John Masters, Mayberry's Choir Director. See more »


Andy Taylor: Aunt Bee, Barney's been singin' again. I don't know how he does it but he's got a knack of hittin' a note just enough off to make your skin crawl.
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Featured in Jeff Foxworthy's Comedy Classics (2000) See more »


(Traditional) (1855) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Caroline Norton
Sung by Don Knotts
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Not a lick!
24 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

I like to point out this episode to viewers who complain about some of the late-season stories not being realistic,e.g., Howard's New Life or Aunt Bee Learns to Fly, both of which I could make arguments for as far as believability goes. Barney really buys this nonsense of the ultra-sensitive mic? C'mon now—I can't make any kind of argument for that. Of course it's the ensemble's comic strengths and funny dialogue that prop up a pretty flimsy plot device. I laugh every time I see Hazel's panic when Barney rings the doorbell as they practice without him. Olan Soule does such a fine job throughout the series playing the put-upon fussbudget music director with the golden ears. Just seeing character Glen Cripes's wonderful face makes me happy. Having read the book Andy and Don, I find it hard to watch Barbara Griffith in the choral group and not think of the book's tell-all dishing on the sometimes abusive relationship between her and Andy. If the book is to be believed, they make Fred and Jenny Boone look pretty tame. Apparently, money and fame really do change a person.Still, like everybody else, I like Good Ol' 14-A.

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