“Forgotten Hollywood”- Goodbye To Gomer…

Posted on November 30, 2017 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… 

“`Jim Nabors was a comedian and singer, who is best remembered for his portrayal of a lovable rube on The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. Later in life, he also sang Back Home Again in Indiana to start the Indianapolis 500, every year from 1972 until his final live appearance in 2014.

“`Nabors was far more than just an actor.  As a crooner, he recorded over twenty albums, several of which went Gold, including 1966’s Jim Nabors Sings Love Me With All Your Heart.  His record, The Heart Touching Magic of Jim Nabors, went Platinum in 1980.            JIM NABORS —>

“`He began his career has a film cutter at NBC. Many evenings, Nabors sang at a local Santa Monica club, and he was discovered by Steve Allen and Bill Dana.  His Alabama alter-ego was in stark contrast to a rich baritone singing style that were on display in the popular Mayberry sitcom; and variety programs, such as The Danny Kaye Showand beginning each season of The Carol Burnett Show. He guest-starred on The Smothers Brothers Comedy HourI’m Dickens He’s FensterThe RookiesThe Lucy Show, The Dean Martin ShowThe Sonny and Cher Comedy HourThe Love Boat,  Knight RiderThe Flip Wilson Show; and for three seasons, Nabors also hosted his own variety program.

“`Forging a friendship with Burt Reynolds, he co-starred in three of his films: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Stroker Ace, and Cannonball Run II. Jim also made his theatrical debut as  Harold Hill in The Music Man, opposite Florence Henderson, at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre.  He continued earning high salaries in Las Vegas showrooms and in concert theaters across the country. He also sang with the Dallas and St. Louis symphony orchestras.

“`He received honors from his home state of Alabama,  from his current residence in Hawaii, and a Star along Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The Marine Corps awarded Jim several honorary promotions within their ranks at various times in his career.

“`Jim Nabors was 87.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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