Jim Nabors Sings At Indy 500 For FINAL TIME

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Well golly! Jim Nabors performed at the Indy 500 for last time after more than 35 years of singing Back Home Again in Indiana.

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Nabors, an actor and singer, has been employed to perform the tune for nearly three decades before the start of every race.


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The first time Nabors sang Back Home Again in Indiana at the Indianapolis 500 was in 1972.

On Sunday morning during 24-Hour News 8′s Daybreak Race Day coverage, Nabors told Eric Halvorson he thought he was supposed to be singing the national anthem.

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“So I got up and came over, asked the conductor what key to do this in and he looked at me kind of funny and said ‘we only got one key’ and I said ‘no-no the star spangled banner’s got two keys.’ He looked over and said ‘you’re not singing that. You’re singing the traditional song,’” Nabors said.

Nabors told 24-Hour News 8′s Brooke Martin he thinks the fans should sing in his place.

“Let them sing out with their heart because it’s such a wonderful song and it makes you feel like you’re at home,” he said. source

Nabors said there’s a time in life when you have to move on. He will turn 84 in a couple of weeks.

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