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Jim Nabors Will Miss This Year’s Indy 500

Beloved actor is scheduled for heart surgery later this month

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Jim Nabors — otherwise known as Gomer Pyle to the layperson — always sings “Back Home in Indiana” before the Indianapolis 500 gets underway. The talented singer/actor’s contribution to the race is something of a tradition; Nabors has been singing the ditty since 1987, and with the exception of 2007, he’s never missed a performance. Unfortunately, Nabors will miss this year’s Indy 500, but that doesn’t mean fans will have to do without.

Since he’s currently scheduled for heart surgery later this month , a camera crew will pay a visit to the beloved 81 year-old thespians’s Hawaiian home in order to snag a recording of his performance. Considering how much of a staple this song is to the race, it seems only logical to bring Nabors to the fans who adore him.

“He offered that,” said IMS Productions spokesperson Doug Boles told USA Today. “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.” This is sure to make fans happy, as his performance of the song has become something of a tradition at the event.

Twitter fans are apparently big Jim Nabors fans, and a lot of them are a little disappointed that he won’t be attending this year’s Indianapolis 500. A small selection of their responses to the news can be found in the space provided below. Additionally, if you’d like to express your own heartfelt disappointment over Nabors’ absence, do so in the comments section.

@IMS sad Jim Nabors won’t be @ the 500 this year, glad you taped him singing Back home again in Indiana, it’s my favorite part of pre race!(image) 5 days ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

So Jim Nabors will be taped singing “Back Home Again.” This had better not be step 1 towards creating Hologram Gomer.(image) 5 days ago via HootSuite ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Sad news. Jim Nabors, we will miss you at the #Indy500 this year. We wish you a speedy recovery, Get well soon!(image) 5 days ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

If Jim Nabors can’t make the 500, then play a recording of him singing Back Home Again in Indiana. That part of the day is not replaceable.(image) 6 days ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Get well soon, Jim Nabors. Won’t be the same at the Brickyard without you there.(image) 6 days ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Jim Nabors Will Miss This Year’s Indy 500
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  • Tena Stow

    Hey Jim, Hope your surgery goes well. We (my family) will be thinking of you at the 500. We (all in different States) ALWAYS have our Bloody Mary’s in hand a toast the family when you sing.. We also cry alot missing those not with us any longer. Get well and we will be waiting for next year to see you at the Indy 500.

  • Eric

    I was there in 2007 when the whole crowd sang it instead of Jim. That worked out great. Get well soon Gomer!

    • Kay

      Sorry Jim will not be there but sure am glad you recorded him.
      I love his voice

  • KEVIN TANNER

    SADLY, WE WON’T SEE HIM PERFORM THIS YEAR, BUT MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HIM FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY FOR NEXT YEAR!!

  • alvin’s dad

    goooollly, just wont be the same. fare well Gomer

  • Vicki Feller

    Gomer you will be missed. But you are in a far better place now. No more pain & no suffering where you are. We loved you while you were on this earth. Fare well Gomer.

    • Ronan

      IDIOT!! Jim didn’t die!! Try actually reading the article before you comment!

      • http://yahoo.com sharon

        Glad I’m not the only one who noticed she couldn’t read

        • don

          “SHAZAAM…MISS VICKIE DIDN’T MEAN NUTTIN BY IT!

      • lisa

        He’s not dead dill hole!

    • http://yahoo sharon

      wondering where you got the idea that Jim passed away! He’s having surgery. Maybe you need to reread the artical. Gommer was an everyday thing when I was growing up. And his voice is one of a kind

  • mark oliver

    Hey jim. An old friend in Massachusetts wishes you well. you look great and may your heart surgery go well. your friend mark Oliver Essex massachusetts

  • http://yahoo sandie neil

    So sad to hear you won’t make it this year – my 2 boys and I spent three most memorable years at the Indy – what a voice, and what a patriot you are. God Bless!!!!

  • Terry

    Hello Jim.You dont know me but ive known You all my life.Have always enjoyed You’r acting and singing,You will be sadly missed this year.I pray that all goes well and You return to health and Indy.Your friend Terry

  • Valerie Trujillo

    Dear Jim,

    My prayers are with you. You have been a favorite actor/singer of mine since I was very young, Going my late 40′s. Shazam Jim. Love you. Val

  • Mike

    Jim, it’s a little sad that you won’t be at Indy this year, we (the Race fans) will all miss you. Your health is, by far, more important. Get well, and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  • edward maryanski

    jim you were always one of my favorites on the andy griffith show and i will miss your singing and may your surgery go well. remember to take it easy and take care of yourself.

  • Rev.Jerry Fales

    golly,sorry to hear this,prayers go out good luck for a speedy recovery,and GOD bless you sir, amen.

  • Karen

    Dear Jim,

    I sincerely hope you get well, and will do what the Doctors say, but also get rest for next years Indy!

    It just isn’t the same without you, for this year!

    Love, Karen

  • IRA

    Jim,

    Get well soon, what will the 500 be with you singing your song, “BACK HOME IN INDIANA “

  • Pam Herrera

    Mahalo Jim for your wonderful talent and heart! I’ve never attended indy 500 but I am a kamaaina !!! Speedy recovery and blessings! Again, Mahalo, Just a fan, Pam Herrera

  • Randall Murphree

    I had two friends that knew you personally and both of these ladies
    said you were a swell guy. I will pray that your surgery goes well.
    An old fan from Oneonta, Alabama.

  • tom williams

    Hope all goes well!

  • dominickvirgilio

    being from N.Y. i don’t even know my state song but every year i sing along with JIM NABORS IT BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES “GOD, COUNTRY, AND THE INDY 500″ !

  • http://yahoo.com sharon

    Jim has brought many hours of joy over the years. I have some of his music, and it always lifts my spirts when I down. Wishing you a fast recovery and you’re in my prayers

  • Joyce Pittsford

    We will miss you this year Jim. Hope you feel better soon. My favorite part of the festivities will not be the same this year.
    Many prayers for your recovery.
    Love and Prayers,
    Joyce

  • Sgt. Carter

    …I understand Jim was reared in Indiana?

  • patty smith

    Dear Jim. Wishing you a speedy recovery! My husband plays trumpet for you when you’re in the St. Louis area. Can’t say enough nice things about you. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. Silly for me to say this to you, but.. Cough deep after surgery and breathe from your gut(toes), none of those shallow breaths. Deep breathing doesn’t hurt as much as shallow anyway. Much love,
    Patty

  • Oh2tri

    The writer got this wrong. Nabor’s has NOT been singing Back Home Again in Indiana sine 1987 rather, he has been singing it since 1972!

  • http://webpronews david

    GOLLY ,SHAZAM I SINCERLY HOPE YOUR SURGERY WILL GO VERY VERY WELL,AND I KNOW YOU WILL BE VERY FINE GOD BLESS DAVID MADDEN

  • Kat

    God’s blessings to you Jim. I’ll pray you have a successful surgery and are back in the singing booth at next year’s race. I’ve loved hearing you at the races I’ve been to and will miss you this year but your health comes first! Godspeed.

  • Gordon Farrell

    Jim, Our prayers are with you for success on your operation….Have a great life, and thank you for all the pleasure that you have given us!!!!

  • http://yahoo.com william pearson

    Hay Gomer,
    Sorry to hear that you are sick. We all miss you very much from the TV shows and most anywhere we hear that you might perform.

    It is obvious to me that two of most talented men (ever) on TV were Barney and Gomer. TV has not been the same without them.

    Best wishes for a full recovery.

    Bill Pearson

  • Cindy

    I go to sleep every night watching Gomer Pyle, have all the seasons
    on cd. My thoughts and prayers are with you dear sir.

    Love
    Cindy in
    Florida

  • ejgross

    Being an Indiana citizen, I disapprove of the use of the term “ditty” to describe our offical state song.

    But I do hope Jim has a successful surgery.

  • kenyan dem

    Bush’s fault!

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/zbestwun2001 Steve

    Thanks for using my video…