‘The Andy Griffith Show’: How Alan Jackson Has a Unique Connection to the Series

by Katie Maloney

Can you guess which character from The Andy Griffith Show appeared in Alan Jackson’s music video for “Don’t Rock The Jukebox”?

It’s not uncommon for one national icon to influence another. That was certainly the case for The Andy Griffith Show and country music star Alan Jackson. After the release of his 2013 album, The Bluegrass Album, Jackson revealed that there were two classic television shows that influenced the music on the album: The Andy Griffith Show, and The Beverly Hillbillies. During an interview in 2013, Jackson shared how he was inspired by the musicians that appeared on the shows.

“The Darlings they called them on the show [The Andy Griffith Show], but it was the Dillards, which is a little more of a folky kind of bluegrass,” said Jackson. “They played some cool stuff on that show and that made an impression on me.”

Flatt and Scruggs of the bluegrass band, the Foggy Mountain Boys appeared in several episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies. Jackson said that he remembers listening to the music with his dad while watching the show.

“My daddy watched ‘Hee Haw’ every Saturday and they had a lot of bands or bluegrass stuff on there then that I watched,” said Jackson. “I’ve always loved the sound of the banjo, for some reason.”

As a tribute to his influences, Alan Jackson included a nod to one of his favorite sitcom icon during his music video for “Don’t Rock The Jukebox,” a song from the album.

Otis Campbell From The Andy Griffith Show Danced In Alan Jackson’s Music Video

We love full-circle moments, especially heartwarming full-circle moments. And this Alan Jackson moment is certainly heartwarming. After years of finding inspiration from musicians on The Andy Griffith Show, Alan Jackson featured actor Hal Smith in his music video for “Don’t Rock The Juke Box.” Smith played Otis Campbell on the show and can be seen dancing in front of a jukebox in Jackson’s music video.

During the song, Jackson sings about feeling broken-hearted and not wanting to hear any rock music from the jukebox. Instead, as the “heartbroken hillbilly” he is, he wants to listen to some good ole country tunes. During the song, Jackson sings, “Don’t rock the jukebox. I want to hear some Jones. ‘Cause my heart ain’t ready for the Rolling Stones. I don’t feel like rockin’ since my baby’s gone. So don’t rock the jukebox, play me a country song.”

“Don’t Rock The Jukebox” spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and peaked in the number one spot. This just proves that good music, just like our favorite classic TV shows, can help us feel good when we’re down. Who knows, maybe this song by Alan Jackson (inspired by The Andy Griffith Show) will inspire the next great country musician of our time for more heartwarming full-circle moments.