During his TV career as Gomer Pyle on his show and “The Andy Griffith Show,” Jim Nabors found time to sing in nightclubs.
Nabors, whose singing talent was truly incredible, was reportedly commanding $40,000 a week while working on the side in clubs in Las Vegas. This was in 1966, according to People Magazine, as his show, “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” was riding the ratings’ wave.
Yet Nabors reached a point where he “felt my career had peaked after Gomer.”
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“I didn’t want to stick around for lesser work,” he said. In 1978, Nabors went into semi-retirement on his large ranch in Maui.
But Nabors didn’t totally go into hiding. He would have roles in three films with friend Burt Reynolds, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Stroker Ace,” and “Cannonball Run II.”
In addition, Nabors made appearances for a number of years at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to sing “Back Home Again In Indiana” before the Indianapolis 500 auto race.
His fans and the general public, though, would see him and “everywhere I go people call out, ‘Hey, Gome,'” Nabors said.
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Nabors would reprise his Gomer Pyle character for “Return To Mayberry” in 1986, where other “The Andy Griffith Show” cast members Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, and Ron Howard also appeared in the NBC TV movie.
George Lindsey, Howard Morris, and Denver Pyle also reprised their roles from the “Griffith Show” in the movie.
Jim Nabors died on Nov. 30, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was 87.
His singing talent, television career, and nightclub appearances helped make Jim Nabors a household name. He will not be forgotten.