Andy Griffith had incredible influence on our culture throughout the many years of his career. ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and ‘Matlock’ star impacted many people’s lives, including a number of country music stars.
One of the most touching statements came from Brad Paisley. Paisley’s first choice to appear in his music video for “Waitin’ on a Woman” was Griffith, and the video won them the 2008 CMA Award for Music Video of the Year.
“Few people in this world will ever have more influence on our lives than Andy Griffith. An actor who never looked like he was acting, a moral compass who saved as many souls as most preachers, and an entertainer who put smiles on more faces than almost anyone; this was as successful a life as is pretty much possible. Andy Griffith made the world a better place, and I was so proud to call him a friend.” – Brad Paisley in a personal statement
Other artists took to Twitter today to send their condolences to the late star’s family and share memories they had of the actor…
“Ahhh So bummed about Andy Griffith. No one will forget his talent & the great memories he left behind. RIP you’re truly missed” -Jerrod Niemann
“We’ll miss you, Andy Griffith…thank you for all the laughs and memories.” – The Band Perry
“Heaven gained a talented man today. Mr. Andy Griffith, thanks for giving me amazing memories with my family growing up watching your show!” – Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum
“Oh No Andy !!- was the role model for my childhood -my mom passed -grand ma came to live -Dad was just like him – – bye Ange ! tell Barn hi” – Kix Brooks
“Andy Griffith made so many memories for multiple generations… R.I.P.” – Chris Young
“RIP Andy Griffith.. We lost a legend today that provided me and my family some great quality time around the tv filled with some good laughs” – Scotty McCreery
“It’s a sad day, Andy Griffith passed away! One of my favorite shows!” – Easton Corbin
“Andy Griffith will be missed. His talented brought life to the screen and joy to so many. ~ D#Todaytheangelsarewhistlingpraise” – THE FARM
Our thoughts and prayers are with Griffith’s family. He will be missed.