The 2014 Indianapolis 500 will mark the end of an era, as it will be the last year that Jim Nabors will sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the race. Nabors first belted it out ahead of the 500-mile race in 1972, and aside from two years, has sung before every race since 1987.

At 83 years old, though, we can't really blame Nabors, who travels to Indy from his home in Hawaii, for giving up the gig. He missed the 2012 race and the 2007 race because of health-related issues.

"I'll see you all in May; but I've come to the conclusion that my health doesn't permit me to travel very much anymore. So I'll be retiring from singing 'Back Home Again' at the Indy 500 after this year," Nabors said in a statement. "I want to give a special thanks to everyone; and particularly the Hulman-George family, who have a special place in my heart and are my wonderful friends. I've loved every minute of it."

As it stands, Indianapolis Motor Speedway hasn't said who will replace Nabors in 2015, although according to NBC Sports, the track does plan to honor the long-time singer.


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      Jake
      • 9 Months Ago
      A class act. 1960s TV would not have been the same without him.
        Edsel
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jake
        He was wonderfully funny on "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." but the show was at odds with the Vietnam War coverage on nightly news.
      dave and mary
      • 9 Months Ago
      Tell 'em Gomer says hey.
      john m
      • 9 Months Ago
      You'll be missed Jim. Enjoy Hawaii.
      bldrblue
      • 9 Months Ago
      I am not a fan of car racing but I loved Jim Nabors. Enjoy your retirement!
      Emery Walker
      • 9 Months Ago
      Well GAWWWOHHHAAWWWLLY!!! The voice of Indy WILL be missed!!!! Peaces and blessings Mr. Nabors!!!!
      Rocketman1945
      • 9 Months Ago
      Thanks Jim, for the music, the acting, and your gentle demeanor.
      StephenT
      • 9 Months Ago
      Citizen's arrest!!! Citizen's arrest!!! Thank you for all these years of entertaining us in so many ways. Your rendition of that song is something I've looked forward to before every Indy 500.
      razorpit
      • 9 Months Ago
      If travel is an issue why not just move from Hawaii to Indy? ;-)
      car-a-holic
      • 9 Months Ago
      Golllly!!!!
      Charles F Oliver
      • 9 Months Ago
      Jim we will miss you if you go, But blessing to you on new adventure
      Parm
      • 9 Months Ago
      I've never known a Indy 500 without Jim Nabors singing Back Home Again In Indiana. I knew this day would come eventually, but I can't fault him. Thanks for the memories Jim.