The Andy Griffith Show

Season 4 Episode 20

The Song Festers

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Feb 24, 1964 on CBS
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Gomer's singing out does Barney's.

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  • Gomer reveals his magnificent voice!

    8.8
    This is such a well written episode--and Don Knotts does a splendid job of showing us Barney's Fife hidden desire to sing--even though he really can't. Much to his chagrin, Gomer is picked as the tenor for the choir, when it is revealed that Gomer has an amazing voice. Hearing "Gomer" sing for the first time, reveals just how special he is; this episode is important on many levels, but certainly the development of the Gomer character assumes a multi-level complexity. In addition his sensitivity to Barney's feeling further endears him to us, and we see that despite his simplicity he really does have quite a bit of depth. The expression "don't judge a book by its cover" truly fits the revealing nature of this episode.moreless
Jim Nabors

Jim Nabors

Gomer Pyle (1962-1964)

Parley Baer

Parley Baer

Mayor Stoner (1962-1963)

Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Opie Taylor (1960-1968)

Jack Burns

Jack Burns

Deputy Warren Ferguson (1965-1966)

Clint Howard

Clint Howard

Leon

Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Otis Campbell (1960-1967)

Reta Shaw

Reta Shaw

Eleanora Poultice

Guest Star

Barbara Griffith

Barbara Griffith

Sharon

Guest Star

Delos Jewkes

Delos Jewkes

Glenn Cripe

Guest Star

Jim Nabors

Jim Nabors

Gomer Pyle

Recurring Role

Hope Summers

Hope Summers

Bertha Johnson/Clara Edwards

Recurring Role

Olan Soule

Olan Soule

John Masters

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode, we get an approximation of Mayberry's population at this point in the show's history when John Masters tells Andy "There's got to be a decent tenor someplace in a town of 2000 people".

    • In the episode "Hot Rod Otis" Barney and Andy sing a hymn in the jail, oddly enough Barney is in key and sounds good. But in this episode Barney can't carry a tune and he's totally tone deaf.

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  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode doesn't mesh very well with Season Two's "Barney and the Choir" where Barney's singing voice was so atrocious and off key Andy and the choir had to go to great lengths to keep Barney's caterwalling voice from being heard at all. Although Ms. Poultice has been working with Barney, it still seems unlikely he would be good enough to actually be singing solos.

      It also seems that Andy's reasoning for Barney never being able to sing in the Mayberry Choir again (explained in the epilogue of the aforementioned episode) has been forgotten.

    • Jim Nabors actually recorded music in real life. He has recorded gospel albums too.

    • Barbara Griffith, the real-life wife of Andy Griffith at the time, appears in this episode as a member of the choir.

    • This is the episode in which it is revealed that Gomer - despite his hick speaking voice - has a beautiful singing voice

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