The Dillards are an American bluegrass band from Salem, Missouri, popularly known for their appearance as “The Darlings” on The Andy Griffith Show. _________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

The Dillards originally consisted of Douglas Dillard (born March 6, 1937, Salem, Missouri – May 16, 2012) on banjo, Rodney Dillard (born May 18, 1942, Salem, Missouri) playing the guitar, and dobro, Dean Webb (born March 28, 1937, Independence, Missouri) on mandolin, and Mitchell Franklin “Mitch” Jayne (July 5, 1928, Hammond, Indiana – August 2, 2010) on double bass.

In 1968, Doug Dillard left to form Dillard and Clark, although he continued to play occasionally with his brother until a few years before he died in 2012.

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