Jim Nabors wasn't born or raised in Indiana, and he doesn't live there. Yet that hasn't prevented him from becoming one of the state's favorite sons. Singing "Back Home Again In Indiana" before the vast majority of Indianapolis 500 races over the past 40 years will do that for a guy.
But this year, the 81-year-old actor and singer won't be able to make the trip from his home in Hawaii to Indy, due to a scheduled heart surgery, according to USA Today. Apparently the tradition is important enough to the folks that run Indianapolis Motor Speedway, that instead of calling John Mellencamp, they have dispatched a video crew to our 50th state to record Nabors singing the song.

According to the report, Nabors has performed the song before every Indy 500 since 1987 except for the 2007 race, which he also missed for health reasons. Nabors also sang before the 1972-1978 races and two additional times in the 1980s, according to WTHR.

Scroll down to watch video footage of Nabors singing before the 2010 Indy 500.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Best wishes and a speedy recovery to Jim.
      Saint Zero
      • 3 Years Ago
      I always thought it was wild that the guy who did Gomer Pyle had a voice like that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Theres an old story about when Rock Hudson found out he had to go to the hospital because he was sick with aids,Jim Nabors offered to help him pack his s**t..... "Back Home again........"
      Bruce Thornton
      • 3 Years Ago
      A Rock Hudson, Jim Nabor's wedding announcement was circulated years ago. www.snopes.com/movies/actors/nabors.asp
      Ed Markosek
      • 3 Years Ago
      This video made me very happy. Not only did I get to hear Mr. Nabor's voice again, it gave me a bit of news I never expected: I had read somewhere on some obviously bogus news source that Mr. Nabors had passed way years ago, so had simply (and sadly) accepted it and moved on. I am glad that source was unreliable, and hope that Mr. Nabors lives to be 100!
      • 3 Years Ago
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