This Andy Griffith Show guest star wrote the unheard theme song lyrics, too

Imagine that hat was yellow — he was Dick Tracy, too.

Is there a more recognizable theme song than that of The Andy Griffith Show? To this day, you can hear Matthew McConaughey whistling the ditty in Lincoln commercials. Anyone who can whistle can — and likely will — whistle this melody.

But that's the thing — it's more than a jaunty whistle. For starters, some folks might not know the title of the song, "The Fishin' Hole." Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer composed the tune specifically for the show, just as they had for Make Room for Daddy (The Danny Thomas Show), the series that spawned Mayberry. (Remember, The Andy Griffith Show was technically a spin-off.) Everett Sloane wrote the lyrics.

Wait… the lyrics?

Yes! There were lyrics to "The Fishin' Hole," though you never heard them on the sitcom itself.

Well, now, take down your fishin' pole
And meet me at the fishin' hole
We may not get a bite all day
But don't you rush away

Andy Griffith would record the vocal version for the 1961 album Songs, Themes And Laughs From The Andy Griffith Show. Take a listen.

Sloane may not have heard his lyrics on The Andy Griffith Show, but the actor did get a role to play in Mayberry. In the second-season episode "The Keeper of the Flame," Sloane portrayed farmer and moonshiner Jubal Foster. Opie and his pals hold a meeting of their secret society called The Wildcats. Foster's barn subsequently burns to the ground. The old man blames the boys — but in the end, it is his fault.

New York City native began his career on Wall Street. The crash of 1929 put an end to that, and he transitioned to the radio. His most notable role came in the heralded Citizen Kane, in which he played Mr. Bernstein.

But if you grew up in the Sixties, you might be more familiar with his voice than his face. Sloane was the voice behind the super detective with the yellow fedora in the cartoon The Dick Tracy Show. Yep, he was Dick Tracy!

Now you know the trail of clues that tie Dick Tracy to Mayberry!

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jacko3 8 days ago
We are missing HOGAN'S HEROES - as NBC 10 runs an extended news broadcast - is there anyway way that can be overridden so our fans can enjoy such classic comedy shows? - Thanks!
northwoodsartist 11 days ago
something few people probably noticed in an andy g. episode: andy went to a city to try to help gomer...he entered a bar, and playing on the jukebox was a well-known (to jazz fans and saxophone players) tune: "harlem nocturne." it too was written by earle hagen. not a coincidence, i'm sure! (ps, i'm a saxophone player!)
Mike 13 days ago
You really missed out on so many of Everett Sloane's on-camera appearances on MeTV.
Such as when he lost a decision to a slot machine on Twilight Zone.
Or when he was a guest DA on Perry Mason (he didn't win …).
Or when he saved Rob's bacon at a literary soiree on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Or when he might have been a Soviet spy on Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea.
And I'm fairly sure that you can't avoid seeing Everett Sloane at least once in a while on MeTV's daily westerns (he did scads of those).
Everett Sloane passed on in 1965, only 55 years old.
Had he lived a decade longer, who knows how many more shows he would have done?
BrittReid 13 days ago
Matthew McConaughey sells Lincolns.
Moody BrittReid 13 days ago
What gets me is the link they provided takes you to a YouTube commercial of his with Lincoln all over it. It clearly says Lincoln Aviator in the title & you can even see "Lincoln" on the back of the car!
Chucklehead BrittReid 12 days ago
Yes, and ironically the episode on which Everett Sloan appears also features a guest role by a young Matthew McConaughey as one of Opie's friends. Sloan's character goes to buy a car at young McConaughey's father's Buick dealership, and leaves angrily, shouting "I knew I should have stuck with Lincoln!". Great memorable episode.
Sooner Chucklehead 11 days ago
I don't think Matthew is old enough to have played one of Opies friends in that show. He was born in 1969.
I believe you are mistaken. The Everett Sloan episode aired January 8, 1962 and Matthew McConauhey was not born until November 4, 1969.
I remember that episode vividly and I saw it when it was first aired. McConaughey was such a cute kid and a very talented child actor. At the time it was rumored that Ronny Howard's parents wanted their son off the show and McConaughey was seriously being considered as a replacement for Howard. thankfully that didn't happen and Matthew McConaughey still became a big star in his own right.
Runeshaper 13 days ago
Right on, Dick Tracy! Pretty cool facts right there :)
cperrynaples 13 days ago
You said Matthew McConaughey sells Buicks! WRONG! He drives Lincolns and even played the Lincoln lawyer!
Moody cperrynaples 13 days ago
It really makes you wonder how they get simple things like this wrong so consistently. It doesn't take much effort to check the facts before they post a story.
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