Talk about taking it out of context. Sit down and read about Jim Nabors, famous for “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”, talking about his macadamia farm.
Before going further, macadamia is a type of nut. Nabors, who died in 2017, owned a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. He recalls in an interview when he was on live television talking about his farm.
Let’s just say his phrasing was, um, a bit off.
When asked if he still had the farm, Jim Nabors said, “Yeah, I still have it. It’s on Maui.”
Jim Nabors Says He ‘Wasn’t Being Tacky’ About Nut Farm
“I’ll never forget,” he said, “I said this on ‘Good Morning America’, and I got so much flack. It was live. I was showing them the farm. they said, ‘Jim, it seems like you’ve got the world by the tail. What are you going to do for the rest of your life?’ I said, ‘Oh, I guess I’ll just wait ’til my nuts drop.’
“That’s what they do, they drop,” Nabors said. “I wasn’t being tacky. They drop and we pick them up. My mother called me and said, ‘Why’d you say that?!'”
His choice of words might have been a little better, especially on live television. Jim Nabors, though, was simply talking about the process of getting the nuts gathered on the farm. It’s probably one of those moments he maybe would have liked to have back.
Besides Acting, Nabors Known For Incredible Singing Voice
While fans of his work on “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” and “The Andy Griffith Show” before that show love Gomer, Jim Nabors had one of the most incredible singing voices.
There were moments throughout the “Pyle” show where Nabors was allowed to showcase his singing talents.
One particular episode which stands out is when Gomer is recruited by Sgt. Vince Carter, played by Frank Sutton, to sing for a Navy relief show. In this scene from that show, originally airing on Nov. 3, 1967, Pyle tells a National Parks guard at the Lincoln Memorial about losing his voice over being scared to perform.
Nabors, though, finds both his voice and courage, hurries back to the theater. He meets Carter, tells him that his voice is back, and goes on stage.
The times are different than in 1967, but Jim Nabors absolutely owns this beautiful performance of “The Impossible Dream” from Broadway’s “Man of La Mancha.”