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Hello fans,

Today we're catching up with Jim Nabors. It always amazed me 
what a powerful singing voice he had. When he sings it's hard
to believe it's the same guy who played Gomer Pyle!

Have a great weekend.

Be Well,
Anisa

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--DEAD OR ALIVE?

  See if you know if the following ATHLETES have had a 
  visit from the "Grim Reaper":  

- Wilt Chamberlain: NBA Hall of Fame basketball player, 
  scored 100 points in one game

- Gale Sayers: Hall of Fame football player, standout 
  running back for the NFL Chicago Bears, he was featured 
  in the movie "Brian's Song" about his friend and 
  teammate Brian Piccolo

- Bob Ueker: Baseball player more famous for his inabilities 
  than his abilities, later he appeared in the TV series 
  "Mr. Belvedere"

                 (Answer at the bottom)

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JIM NABORS Click Here

BIRTH DATE: June 12, 1930, Sylacauga, Alabama


CLAIM TO FAME: It was interesting to poll the office for this.
I asked different people if they knew who Jim Nabors was and
the young ones said no. When I asked if they knew who Gomer
Pyle was they all did. So it was obvious that Gomer Pyle will
always be Jim Nabors claim to fame.


FAMILY LIFE: Never married, and was never known for any romantic 
life, fueling rumors that he may be gay. In the early 1970s, he 
was widely whispered to be "secretly married" to Rock Hudson. 

Nabors vehemently denied that Hudson was anything more than a 
friend, and Hudson also shrugged off the rumors, albeit less 
emphatically. As recently as 2000, a spokesman for Nabors denied 
that the star is gay, but in a 2005 article about gay stars in 
the St Petersburg Times, Nabors was cited as gay alongside such 
out icons as Robert Reed, Paul Lynde, and Charles Nelson Reilly. 
Nabors has voiced no objection to the Times article.


INFO: Jim Nabors was a singer almost as soon as he could talk. 
He sang in his church choir, and joined the glee club in high 
school. He briefly worked as a typist at the United Nations in 
New York, but eventually drifted to California, where he worked 
as a film cutter at NBC by day, singing in nightclubs after hours.

He was discovered in 1962, singing at a Santa Monica nightspot 
called The Horn, when Andy Griffith came in for drinks. Griffith, 
though, was more impressed by Nabors' banter between songs than 
with his singing, and he asked Nabors to audition for a one-time 
appearance on his top-rated Andy Griffith Show. 

As you know that one-time appearance turned out to be a career.


Continued below....   

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TRIVIA: He came close to death in 1994, but underwent a liver 
transplant, regained good health, and resumed his singing career. 

Considered by Carol Burnett to be her "good luck charm" and 
as such was a guest star on each season's premiere of "The 
Carol Burnett Show".

Sings "Back Home Again in Indiana" during opening ceremonies 
of the Indianapolis 500 yearly.

Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration 
from the University of Alabama.

Before he acted, he edited news footage for a local TV station.

A foundation that awards grants to teachers every year named 
a grant in honor of Jim Nabors in 2003. The foundation is 
based in Sylacauga, Alabama, his home town.

In his entire career he has put out 46 albums.

A smart businessman, Jim was one of the owners of "Gomer 
Pyle, U.S.M.C." which paid off in dividends as a popular 
syndicated show.

He said that it has always been difficult for him to watch 
the opening of "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." because many of the 
Marines that he is seen marching with were killed in Vietnam.

The stretch of US Highway 280 near his hometown of Sylacauga, 
Alabama, has been re-named the Jim Nabors Highway.


WHERE IS HE NOW: Jim lives in Hawaii, where he owns a 
macadamia nut farm. 

He still is actively doing some singing engagement, although 
he has cut his schedule way back. Here are some upcoming
appearances.

Mohegan Sun Casino
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd
Uncasville, CT 06382

Dates: 8 - 9 - 10 June 2007 

He was honored on Friday, January 19th 2007 at "A Night of 
American Heroes," a patriotic musical salute to  recognize 
individuals who epitomize the ideals of American heroism 
and values.


WRITE TO JIM: 
Jim Nabors 
PO Box 10364
Honolulu, HI 96816 

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.jimnabors.com


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CREDITS:  
"The Carol Burnett Show" (1991) TV Series .... Skit characters 
"Hi Honey, I'm Home" .... Gomer Pyle (1 episode, 1991)
     - Hi Mom, I'm Not Home (1991) TV Episode .... Gomer Pyle
Return to Mayberry (1986) (TV) .... Gomer Pyle
Cannonball Run II (1984) .... Pvt. Homer Lyle
Stroker Ace (1983) .... Lugs Harvey
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) .... Deputy Fred
"The Love Boat" .... Wayne Bouton, the valet / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1981)
"Aloha Paradise" (1 episode, 1981)
     - Alex and Annie/Blue Honeymoon/Another Thing (1981) TV Episode
"Buford and the Galloping Ghost" (1979) TV Series (voice)
"The Jim Nabors Show" .... Host (2 episodes, 1978)
A Different Approach (1978)
"The Carol Burnett Show" .... Various (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
"The Lost Saucer" (1975) TV Series .... Fum (unknown episodes)
"The Rookies" .... Corley Curlew (1 episode, 1973)
      - Down Home Boy (1973) TV Episode .... Corley Curlew
"The Jim Nabors Hour" (1969) TV Series .... Host 
"Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." .... Pvt. Gomer Pyle (31 episodes, 1964-1969)
"The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (1 episode, 1967)
      - Episode dated 5 February 1967 (1967) TV Episode
"The Lucy Show" .... Pvt. Gomer Pyle (1 episode, 1966)
      - Lucy Gets Caught Up in the Draft (1966) TV .... Pvt. Gomer Pyle
"The Andy Griffith Show" .... Gomer Pyle (19 episodes, 1962-1964)
"The Danny Kaye Show" (1 episode, 1964)
      - Episode #1.29 (1964) TV Episode
Take Her, She's Mine (1963) (uncredited) .... Clancy, Coffee Shop Manager
"I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" (1 episode, 1963)
      - The Carpenters Four (1963) TV Episode
"The New Steve Allen Show" .... Regular (1 episode, 1961)
      - UCLA (1961) TV Episode .... Regular

DISCOGRAPHY:
Condo Painting (2000) (performer: "You'll Never Walk Alone")
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) (performer: "20 Fans")
"The Muppet Show" (1 episode, 1976)
  - (performer: "Gone With The Wind", "Thank God I'm A Country Boy")
Shazam
Jim Nabors Sings. 
By Request
The Things I Love
Jim Nabors Christmas Album.  Gold
Kiss Me Goodbye
Jim Nabors Sings The Lord's Prayer   Gold
Galveston
The Jim Nabors Hour
Everything is Beautiful
Somewhere My Love
Jim Nabors, For The Good Times
How Great Thou Art
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Jim Nabors / The Way Of Love
The Man of La Mancha
Jim Nabors / The Twelfth of Never
Old Time Religion
Jim Nabors Sings Love Me With All Your Heart  Gold
Christmas Again
The Heart Touching Magic Of Jim Nabors  * Platinum
16 Most Requested Songs
Best Of Jim Nabors
Inspirational Moments
Precious Memories
Songs Of Inspiration
Christmas With Jim Nabors
Magic Moods
Favorite Hymns
Hymns and Country
Sincerely / Town And Country
The Country Side Of Jim Nabors
The Golden Voice OF Jim Nabors
When He Spoke
 

SINGLES:
God Bless America
I'll Begin Again / Louisiana Lady
Love Me With All Your Heart
Tomorrow Never Comes / It's My Life
I Was A King At Jesus ' Birth/O Holy Night
It's My Life / Young Hearts, Young Hands
Impossible Dream / Time After Time
I Must Have Been Out Of My Mind / To Give
White Christmas / In A Humble Place
You Know You Don't Want Me / It Hurts To Say Goodbye
You're Gonna Hear From Me
Love Me With All Your Heart / Rock a Bye Baby With A Dixie Melody
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Shazam / Old Blue
The End (At the End of the  Rainbow) / It Won't Hurt To Try Again

Don't know who Jim is, want to see then & Now pictures, visit:
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LOOSE LIPS: "I think this story sums up my career the best. One 
time I was walking in an airport somewhere and I saw this woman 
with her young son. The son looked up at me and it was obvious 
that he recognized me. He thought for a second and he said 'Mom, 
there goes an old Gomer!'" - Jim Nabors


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--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE

- Wilt Chamberlain (DEAD) Born: 08/21/1936 Died: 10/12/1999 

- Gale Sayers (ALIVE) Born: 05/30/1943
   
- Bob Uecker (ALIVE) Born: 01/26/1935


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WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK...

5/16
- DeAndre Adams, 20, American basketball player for Winthrop 
  University, car accident. 
- Lauren Terrazzano, 39, American Newsday columnist who chronicled 
  her battle with cancer, lung cancer. 

5/15
- Jerry Falwell, 73, American pastor, television evangelist and 
  founder of the Moral Majority, cardiac arrhythmia. 
- Yolanda King, 51, American activist, actress, daughter of civil 
  rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. 

5/14
- Jean Saubert, 65, American dual medalist in slalom at the 1964 
  Winter Olympics, breast cancer. 

5/13
- Chen Xiaoxu, 41, Chinese actress (Lin Daiyu in Dream of the Red 
  Mansion), breast cancer. 
- Gomer Hodge, 63, American Major League Baseball player for the 
  Cleveland Indians (1971), Lou Gehrig's disease. 
- George Kiseda, 80, American sports writer, dementia. 

5/11
- Norman Frank, 82, American producer and political strategist. 
- Bernard Gordon, 88, American screenwriter named on the Hollywood 
  blacklist, cancer. 
- Dayna Ho-Henry, 51, American daughter of famed Hawaiian singer Don Ho. 


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