When image-conscious Mayor Stoner objects to a golden-voiced--but wardrobe-challenged--farmer chosen to represent Mayberry in the upcoming musicale, Andy must find a way to appease all sides.




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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Kay Stewart ...
Martha Hollister
Isabel Randolph ...
Mrs. Jeffries
John Masters
Ottola Nesmith ...
Mrs. Dennis
Jack Prince ...


Barney is preparing himself for the Ladies League singing contest. The winner gets to go to the State capital and represent Mayberry. The problem of course is that he can't sing. When farmer Rafe Hollister shows up at the court house, he sings while Andy plays the guitar and it turns out he has a very nice voice. Andy encourages him to go and try out for the competition which he wins handily. Mayor Stoner and Mrs. Jeffries, the head of the Ladies League, are aghast however at Rafe's appearance and want Andy to break the news to him that he cannot sing at the musicale. Unable to bring himself to do so, Andy decides the only option is to try and make Rafe a bit more presentable. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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11 February 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rafe sings a song about a Lonesome Road. Only a few years earlier Andy Griffith played a singer named Lonesome Rhodes in "A face in the Crowd". See more »


Andy Taylor: [seeing how many musical terms Barney actually knows] What would you do if they asked you to sing a capella?
Barney Fife: Well, I'd DO it!
[to the tune of "La Cucaracha"]
Barney Fife: A capella, a capella...
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The Lonesome Road
Music by Nathaniel Shilkret, Lyrics by Gene Austin
Performed by Jack Prince, with musical accompaniment by Andy Griffith
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Endearing Young Charms
20 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

I have to give this Andy Griffith episode a 10 merely for this song, Endearing Young Charms. The man playing Rafe Hollister performed the finest rendition of this song, and I must agree with the additional characters in the show -- his hilltop appearance added to the beauty of the performance. Lovely!

Of course, poor old Barney stumbles around once again, making the plot that much more hilarious. And, yet again, Andy must spare his feelings, whilst promoting Rafe's image to the mayor.

This is Appalachia at its best. You've got traditional Andy Griffith humor, mixed with the tender side of the hill-folk. Only in the hills can a person find a moonshiner who can sing like an angel. Lovely!

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