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Jim Nabors Will Miss Indy 500

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Jim Nabors has been singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” at the Indy 500 since 1987. Sadly, Nabors won’t be able to attend this year’s race as he is scheduled to have heart surgery later this month.

But Nabors voice will still be heard at the Indy 500 despite his absence. USA Today reports that a video crew is flying out to Hawaii to film the 81-year-old singing. The video will be played before the Indy 500.

IMS spokesman Doug Boles said:

“He offered that… You’ve got to remember that (the 500) is as much a highlight of his year as it is for the hundreds of thousands of fans who hear him sing.”

Nabors said in 2009:

“It’s just magical. To be here all of those years, it’s part of my life, part of my history now. It’s been great to see all the kids grow up.”

Nabors began singing the song in 1972 and started performing it at the Indy 500 in 1987. Nabors has performed the song every year but once since then. He missed the 2007 race for health reasons.

Here’s a video of Jim Nabors singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” from 2009.

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70 Responses to “Jim Nabors Will Miss Indy 500”

  1. Marilyn Johnson

    1973 on a flight back from Honolulu to Lax, I was 16 with my Mother , Father and brother, sitting first class, my brother was seated next to him, we were very excited to see Gomer Pyle but kept to ourselves all of a sudden he turns around and gives us a dirty look and calls the flight attendant to move my brother to another seat, he is a rude, mean and my family never watched him again, he is not a nice person!

  2. Charles Downs

    I not only miss Jim Nabors as an actor, but for the example of honor, kindness, and patriotism nearly all of his characters represented. The epic voice he hid behind his folksy Pyle character reminds us to never underestimate our fellow americans based solely on apperences or station in life. It is good to know he still lives and is still giving of his time and talents. God bless you, Mr. Nabors.

  3. Gary Radavice

    A great actor, a great singer, a great person but nasty homosexual. You haters hate a great and decent American talent! Jim, now that I know you need prayers. You are on my daily list. GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU! You haters are on my list too.

  4. Anonymous

    Jesus, protect me from your inbred, dimwitted followers. Amen.

  5. Jason Glenn

    GARY HOW RUDE OF YOU TO CALL HIM A HOMO. DO YOU KNOW HIM PERSONALLY? THE MAN HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR THIS COUNTRY. YOU ARE VERY RUDE

  6. Dee Potter

    Fantastic voice..he is the voice of the Indianapolis for sure. I will so miss him, but I hope his heart surgery goes well. I've had 5-way-bypass myself, long recovery, but it was worth it. God Bless you, Jim.

  7. Dee Potter

    Gary, you deserve to rot in hell for that remark. That was totally uncalled for. He's a human being just like anyone else, and one with an awesome voice and talent. You should be ashamed.

  8. Gary Radavice

    Dee Potter please understand that you misread the sacraczm in my comment. Good Lord you didnt unsterstand a thing I said!

  9. Gary Radavice

    mjainnc2000 I was being sarcasmic againt the haters. You mis read or mis understood my message. Im not inbred but that for your hateful remark. you need to relax and seek the GOD you believe you have

  10. Charles Henk

    You're going to be alright. It won't be quite the same without you being there but we'll see ya at the race next year.

  11. Tom Yarborough

    Gary, obviously you are a Christian. Do you think Jesus would call him a "nasty homosexual"? I think we should not judge others in their sexual persuasions and to do so, especially on a social forum, only turns people against Christians and Christianity.

  12. Gary Radavice

    So I will rest at this night. For all the haters that attacked my sarcastic statement, God knows what is in my heart. You said some pretty ugly things. I forgive you. Am I surprised at the lack of understanding? Na! for you 3 haters that attacked me. Follow my steps one day and I promise you'll be a Dumbass no more! GOD love you and hold you and your families.

  13. Edward Anthony

    Gomer had a powerful dynamic voice @ nearly 80 years of age. Hope his upcoming heart surgery works out ok for him.

  14. Michael Stendardo

    First Dick Clark dies and won't be at New Years eve, now this? The Mayans were right!

  15. DeeDee Potter

    Gary Radavice B.S. you were. You said "a great person but a nasty homosexual" It doesn't get much plainer then that you POS.

  16. Anonymous

    Good luck Mr. Nabors, you are in our prayers!

  17. Anonymous

    Good luck Mr. Nabors, you are in our prayers!

  18. Anonymous

    They didn't read it Gary. Blind is ignorance.

  19. Vinny Bosco

    Best wishes to a top entertainer for many many years. I grew up watching him as Gomer Pyle, and Goober, he touched my life and will never forget it. So best wishes to you Mr Jim Nabors and a speedy recovery.

  20. Herman Bryant

    great singer great actor watch you on the andy griffth show and then your own show you and goober sure could make me laugh thanks jim for all the years they don't make good actors like you guys anymore may god bless you.

  21. Anonymous

    We just lost Goober Pyle Please let Gomer make it through his surgery fine.

  22. Aaron Price

    Yeah. He was born and raised in Sylacauga, AL.

  23. Tim Knox Sr.

    He and Rock Hudson,( when they were lovers) tried to adopt a baby boy. They were going to call him Rock Pyle. Do you know what it says on Rock's Tombstone? Born In Iowa REARED in Clifornia.

  24. Tim Knox Sr.

    He and Rock Hudson,( when they were lovers) tried to adopt a baby boy. They were going to call him Rock Pyle. Do you know what it says on Rock's Tombstone? Born In Iowa REARED in Clifornia.

  25. Anonymous

    He is a funny guy I just couldn't picture him as a good singer I know him as Gomer Pyle LOL.

  26. Gary Radavice

    scanman5050 Thank you. a little understanding goes a long way. I'm not predjudiced against gays. I used a sarcastic way to criticize those that do. Do appreciate the fact that I am not a hater and that others surely hated on me. Poor Dee Dee will never get it!

  27. Gary Radavice

    Tom Yarborough Thank you for your input. The lessen I learned is that some people don't get sarcastic humor and form this day forward I am going to take your kind advice and not post humor of that type. Obviously it effected a few people to say some rather ugly personal things to me. Thats quite alright. The sarcasm comes from that generally that different Auto racing particularly NASCAR does not support homosexuals. I happen to support Gays! As for Jim Neighbors whom I love appreciate and approve of. Have I ever been in his bed? No Was It well known that Rock Hudson and he were lovers? Yes!!! Anyways Sad to say that some of these folks got all whipped up and raised their Bitterness and Blood Pressure. I hope they get over it soon. And Tom Thanks again!

  28. Tim Spencer

    Jim Nabors actually began singing at the Indy 500 in 1972. From his "official" website:
    Jim told the story of the first time he sang the song, which was in 1972, when he was here as a guest of Mr. Bill Harrah, and thought he was merely going to see the race. Track owner, Mr. Anton “Tony” Hulman, Jr., approached Jim before the opening ceremonies and said “Would you like to sing the song?” Believing that Mr. Hulman meant the Star Spangled Banner, Jim said, “Well, sure, OK.” He was a bit taken aback when the Purdue University Band director told him that the song he’d be singing was Back Home Again in Indiana. He knew the song, having heard it all his life, but he wasn’t sure of the words. So he wrote them on one of his hands. Without an intro of any kind, let alone a rehearsal, he sang it. He’s been doing it for most of the last 37 years, missing only 7 times.

  29. Tim Spencer

    Jim Nabors actually began singing at the Indy 500 in 1972. From his "official" website:
    Jim told the story of the first time he sang the song, which was in 1972, when he was here as a guest of Mr. Bill Harrah, and thought he was merely going to see the race. Track owner, Mr. Anton “Tony” Hulman, Jr., approached Jim before the opening ceremonies and said “Would you like to sing the song?” Believing that Mr. Hulman meant the Star Spangled Banner, Jim said, “Well, sure, OK.” He was a bit taken aback when the Purdue University Band director told him that the song he’d be singing was Back Home Again in Indiana. He knew the song, having heard it all his life, but he wasn’t sure of the words. So he wrote them on one of his hands. Without an intro of any kind, let alone a rehearsal, he sang it. He’s been doing it for most of the last 37 years, missing only 7 times.

  30. Elizabeth King Lincoln

    Urban Legend and lots of silly jokes. But if it were true, he was a gentleman who kept his personal life quiet and if you have any proof, then your knowledge must be first hand – I'm just sayin'.

  31. Elizabeth King Lincoln

    That is one of the highlights of the race and I will certainly miss him – but recording it and knowing he wishes he could be there is wonderful and I wish him a full and speedy recovery! We love ya!

  32. T.k. Anderson

    Gary Radavice : No one here (at-least from what I can see) even brought up the fact that he is homosexual, why did you? And what was the point since it wasn't even mentioned? How do you know that NASCAR doesn't support gay's? I don't remember that press release. I'm a christian conservative and I don't agree with homosexuality but that's it, I don't talk about it, I don't judge nor do I treat anyone different. My opinion is mine only and everyone has the right and nature to love man/man or woman/woman and although I have a different view, that doesn't give me the right to condemn anyone. This subject should have never even entered the conversation!

  33. Gary Radavice

    Well Jim Neighbors is a cool guy unless yer a Tea Partier. I personally have an interest in the end of the Mayan calendar. It is the 50th anniversary of my Father's murder. Thank you Mr. Drunk driver.

  34. Gary Radavice

    Well Jim Neighbors is a cool guy unless yer a Tea Partier. I personally have an interest in the end of the Mayan calendar. It is the 50th anniversary of my Father's murder. Thank you Mr. Drunk driver.

  35. Ellipse Kirk

    As with Frank Fontaine, great musical talent contrasted with an incredible comic gift. Get well soon.

  36. Beth Waltz Bigham

    I heard the Dave Calabro (Sportscaster in Indy) interview talk to Jim Neighbors. I felt so bad he was so upset when he missed it the last time, watching it alone in the hospital. OMG how heartbreaking to be somewhere where you want to be, and can't. And in the hospital. First – please pray he has a successful surgery, and uplift him that we are all with him in spirit. We love you Jim Neighbors. You're truly a class act!

  37. Beth Waltz Bigham

    I heard the Dave Calabro (Sportscaster in Indy) interview talk to Jim Neighbors. I felt so bad he was so upset when he missed it the last time, watching it alone in the hospital. OMG how heartbreaking to be somewhere where you want to be, and can't. And in the hospital. First – please pray he has a successful surgery, and uplift him that we are all with him in spirit. We love you Jim Neighbors. You're truly a class act!

  38. Gregg B. Wendorf

    The world would be a far better place with more peaceful, kind-hearted people like Gomer. I wish him well. Thanks for posting.