Actor/Singer Jim Nabors Dies At Age 87

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Jim Nabors, who starred as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and on his own sitcom before retiring the wide-eyed, countrified character at the height of his popularity, has died. He was 87.

Nabors died early Thursday morning, Hawaii News Now reports. A native of Alabama, Nabors also recorded more than two dozen albums with a rich, operatic baritone voice that surprised those who were used to hearing Nabors exclaim “Gawwwleee!” with a Southern twang on television. For many years, Nabors sang “Back Home Again in Indiana” during the opening ceremonies for the Indianapolis 500.

Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994, starred regularly at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Dome in The Jim Nabors Polynesian Extravaganza, which in the 1980s was one of the state’s top showbiz attractions. He lived in Hawaii for more than 30 years and had homes in Honolulu and Maui, where he had a macadamia nut farm.

In January 2013, Nabors exchanged wedding vows with Stan Cadwallader, his partner of almost four decades, before a judge in a Seattle hotel room. Nabors met Cadwallader, a former firefighter in Honolulu, in 1975.

  • bkmn

    Golllllllllleee Jim, you will be missed.

  • Treant

    I used to love Gomer Pyle, USMC. Even as an adult, it’s amusing, and some of the unintentional gay humor is funny.

    My best to him and his family.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    RIP GOMER

    o/t could this mean Manafort is flipping

    https://twitter.com/joshgerstein/status/936290778380427264

    • bkmn

      If Flynn and Manafart have flipped it should mean Trump is toast, burned toast.

    • Treant

      Didn’t we already kind of figure that happened? Or am I thinking of somebody else (not Flynn, where we’ve had recent data)?

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        Don’t know. With Mueller’s tough reputation we’ve been hearing so much about and Manafort’s international connections, I can’t see why Mueller would offer a bail deal. Unless it means there is significant progress on plea deal….

        • Rambie

          Hopefully something strong enough to still be able to use when/if Manafort has fled the country.

    • William

      Manafort only needs the ankle bracelet switched off long enough to get to the airport.

      • Nowhereman

        He does know a lot of foreigners with private jets, doesn’t he…

    • safari

      He’s going to flee.

      • William

        … to that de-luxe apartment in the Moscow sky.

        • D. J.

          Or Dubai. I don’t think there is an extradition treaty with the UAE.

          • ChrisMorley

            He’d need to transfer at London, so we’ll nab him there.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Sure hope Mueller seized all Manafort’s passports.

        • Nowhereman

          I’m sure that would be no obstacle to a man with his connections.

      • Chris Gardner

        Hi, I need a flight to Russia, please… one-way only.

    • I don’t see this as Manafort is flipping, and the judge has to approve.. Manafort is facing some very serious charges, and it is going to take some time to get a plea deal..

  • Lazycrockett

    I never cared for Gomer Plye, but I do remember an episode where Gomer came back to visit Mayberry and everyone was out of town and it was very sad.

  • Gustav2

    I still have my invitation to his and Rock Hudson’s wedding. /s

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      Was Nancy Reagan invited?

      • Gustav2

        Reception only.

  • JoeMyGod

    My father, who was a career Marine, adored Gomer Pyle but did not enjoy us kids calling him Sgt. Carter. So we did that a lot.

    • Reality.Bites

      If I’d had to choose between being called Gomer by my kids or Sgt. Carter, I’d count my blessings that they chose Carter without being told.

      • Steverino

        Reputedly, a few of Michael Phelps’ friends use “Gomer” as a nickname for him.

        • Reality.Bites

          That poor man. He must need comforting.

    • D. Gray

      It used to give us fits of giggles to see Jim Nabors cruising the old bathrooms on Waikiki – every once in a while from outside we would hear a loud “is that riiiight!” and we would totally loose it.

    • Xuuths

      My brother’s middle name is Carter because my Dad (an ex-Marine) was such a big fan of Sgt. Carter…

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    RIP man.

    I do wonder what happened to the Macadamia nut farm though.

    • Lazycrockett

      His long time partner should get it, or maybe Richard Chamberlain.

  • Harveyrabbit

    RIP Jim Nabors.

    OT..

    “Britain First deputy leader at centre of Trump ‘racist’ tweet row with Theresa
    May makes extraordinary video plea asking US president to intervene in
    her ‘religious harassment’ court cases”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/index.html

    • Treant

      I have a headache.

    • Reality.Bites

      Even if he could, even if he should,

      he never, ever would. That would be helping someone.

    • Gustav2

      LMFAO… Clueless

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    I remember being shocked to hear Gomer singing, “Oh My Papa” on The Gomer Pyle Show. It appears Jim had a nice life.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERv4dA5yt2Y

    • Treant

      Yeah, his voice was absolutely stunning.

      ETA: It’s nice to think that he lived in an era where these things could be recorded for posterity. I’ve always wondered how many great singers, actors, and musicians have passed with no hope of ever hearing or seeing their work. Or maybe they embraced the transient nature of their art–as I do with soap making–and simply set out to do the best they could at that particular moment, knowing it would never come again.

      • Butch

        Sorry because it’s completely off topic but I noticed your reference to soap making – we’ve been making both bath and laundry soaps for years…..

        • Treant

          Ditto. 🙂 I discuss it a fair amount when I make something, but the cycle’s done for a while. I have Christmas and the first part of the year complete!

          What kind of laundry soap do you make? Mine’s currently lard and tallow, even split, 3 parts, 2 parts sodium carbonate, 1 part borax (my water is very soft). Some prefer coconut, but I always worried about excessive suds.

          This is an unscented tallow (mostly) soap I made for my cousin, who’s intensely allergic to almost all scents. I also made her the blue one, and those are the final two for the year! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92738e3cd8ac7bafe8837e8451ce96a2c28e970866effa454253390831769d13.jpg

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a441f67bd4431c1eed34f80e30ed16d5c9919270480aefd336a17bdcdce46d43.jpg

          • Butch

            Our laundry soap is a fairly simple mix of Fels Naptha, washing soda, Borax, and scent that is boiled together and then mixed with water. Cheap and friendly to our septic system.
            One problem is that we just ran out of tallow, and that’s the one part of the operation I dread. The smell of that stuff cooking down really gets to me.
            We tend not to color our soaps but we found some cool holiday scents from Nature’s Garden, including one called Reindeer Poo. Yours look great!

          • Treant

            Valu Time’s Animal Shortening is 97% tallow, about 2.99% fully hydrogenated soybean meal, and a teensy bit of citric acid and BHA as a preservative (neither survive the soaping process). Sap value is identical to tallow and, at a buck a pound, I consider it a great alt to rendering.

            Great Value’s animal shortening is close, but about 3% hydrogenated palm instead of soybean. It soaps the same with the same Sap value.

            Soaperschoice.com is also very inexpensive, although I can beat their tallow prices in stores easily. And usually olive, as well.

          • Butch

            Sorry I disappeared for a while – hope this isn’t too late. We get the suet from a farmer neighbor when he butchers, so our only cost is our time to grind and render. We usually use a combination of tallow, lard, olive oil, and coconut, along with distilled water, lye, and scent.

          • Treant

            Like I ever go anywhere. 🙂 Even if I did, it appears on my notification list, so no problem!

            Have you looked at http://www.soapmakingforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=11

            They might have tips on rendering as some people do it, and do it in quantity! Or you can ask, they don’t bite. Usually. Just don’t resurrect an old thread, they hate that…

            Right now, my favorite bar is high tallow, with a bit of coconut (for lather) and castor (for lather stability), with scent and color. Those photos you saw were mostly lard, coconut, and castor, with some olive!

            And color and scent, of course!

          • Butch

            Never heard of that forum. I think we’re good on the tallow side because we usually do about 30 pounds at once but I’m going to check out that site!

      • kelven

        One of my favorite movies is Diva. The premise is a young man with a crush on an opera singer records one of her concerts illegally for his own listening pleasure. She does not record because she believes art is transitory and should not be “contained.” Unfortunately several unsavory types witness him recording the performance and are willing to do whatever it takes to obtain the recording. That is just the set up, there is so much more in this great movie.

        • Treant

          Ooh. I gotta rent that one, thanks!

          I do photograph my soap–sometimes–but I don’t do it at every step of usage. It’s a transient and constantly changing design that’s meant to please you for a while, then go away so you can use something new. 🙂

        • Elsewhere1010

          It is a great movie, but please watch it in the original French with English subtitles. There is a dubbed version released in the U.S. that reduces the voices to horrifying cliches. If I remember correctly, the young Vietnamese girl was voiced as a valley girl…. really, truly awful work.

          • kelven

            Absolutely! The only way to watch foreign movies is in their original language. Too many are poorly dubbed.

          • jerry

            Yeah, I always watch them with subtitles…I’ve seen enough poorly dubbed that it ends up comical and ruins the movie.

      • TampaZeke

        And how many great artists have gone to their graves having never come out? I’m also happy for him that he was able to live his life authentically and with pride as a gay man before his death.

      • Steve Teeter

        That strikes a nerve. I’m reading Walter Isaacson’s brilliant new bio of Leonardo da Vinci, and one thing I would never have guessed about Leonardo, the greatest painter ever, was that he was a kick-ass entertainer. He was a virtuoso on the lira da braccio (an early kind of fiddle), sang beautifully, and was brilliant at coming up with the appropriate turn of phrase for his singing, serious, lyric, comic, or satirical. But because he improvised everything, there is no record of any of these accomplishments of his! Not even a line of music in one of his notebooks. All we have is the testimony of the day that he did have these prodigious talents, and was highly acclaimed for them. Beyond frustrating.

        • Treant

          Yep, and it happens all the time, just not to so great an extent in most cases. How many times do musicians extemporize (or whatever they call it) and don’t record it?

          Our consolation is that Da Vinci may not have thought much of those talents, or seen issues with them his audience didn’t see. While we don’t have the opportunity to evaluate that, there was definitely a reason that he–who wrote friggin’ everything down–chose not to record this for posterity.

          I hate to quote a lousy movie, but, “Sometimes dead is better.”

          • Steve Teeter

            It is such a shame that improvisation lost respectability in classical music, as it wasn’t always so. Bach and Beethoven were renowned for their improv abilities. Beethoven even improvised competitively, and once beat a rival so badly that the man made it a condition of all future engagements that Beethoven NOT be there!

    • TampaZeke

      It was even more shocking a couple years earlier when he made his television singing debut on an episode of the Andy Griffith Show that was dedicated to his surprising talent.

    • Harveyrabbit

      Heh. The actor playing the club owner/boss is Anthony Caruso who, among other notable roles, played syndicate boss Bela Oxmyx in “A Piece of the Action” (Star Trek: TOS) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ad69d94269fda0f67e4f5586490e45f9ddae5a075bbec8530e13ea12bc4f8e3a.jpg

  • Ninja0980

    RIP to an amazing talent.

  • Henry Auvil

    Jimmy we hardly knew ye.

  • Lazycrockett

    Well looks like the Black Caucus has turned against Conyers.

  • Michael R
  • William
  • Pat Padrnos

    Wonderful person. Beautiful voice. So enjoyed him.

  • Mickey Bitsko
    • Treant

      Another very attractive man. In retrospect, I wonder if brojobs were ever involved?

      • Reality.Bites

        Well he was born in 23, married in 49 till the end of his life, so I’d guess no, at least not with Nabors.

        Frank Sutton was in the Army during WWII and at war’s end he’d achieved the rank of… Sgt!

        It’s amazing, in retrospect, that Gomer Pyle was on during the Vietnam war!

    • BearEyes

      Sarge looks like a guy I dated many years ago

  • Stubenville

    My condolences to Mr. Conyers; Jim was a sweet and innocent character on TV when I was growing up.

    We desperately need more people like Nabors right now.

  • Gigi

    As a little kid I was mesmerized by both Jim Nabors and Rock Hudson. I had great Gaydar™ from the time I was 4.

    • Treant

      I have to admit, I found the USMC Jim very attractive. He was a handsome fellow and wore the uniform well.

      Also, I like uniforms. But I’m sure you could figure that one out on your own…

      • JW Swift

        Ditto. Didn’t even recognize it as an “attraction” back then, but in retrospect, it certainly was. (And double-ditto re: uniforms. Grew-up on military bases, for the most part, so yeah, that look still gets me a bit weak in the knees.)

    • TJay229

      Were you mesmerized Sexually or as in Awe?

      If (in) awe, I get it. Paul Lynn did it for me. I’d see him and just..gaze over. It wasn’t sexual… But i KNEW something was there. The only man who I knew was gay that I had feelings for, was Billy Preston… And all his dick! LAWD HAVE MERCY!

      • Natty Enquirer

        You know, Paul Lynde was actually quite handsome. You didn’t notice it much because of the mincing and mugging. He could also sing and was a decent actor who was completely wasted in a game show gig. Of course, he was also an alcoholic asshole that no one wanted to hire during much of that time.

    • AmeriCanadian

      My gaydar™ has never worked very well. Neither Nabors nor Hudson set it off. However, Nabors set off my goofdar™ all the time. RIP Jim.

      • Reality.Bites

        I was all “Uh… maybe Paul Lynde?”

        • AmeriCanadian

          It worked with Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Riley. But these two were over the top, don’t you think?

          • Reality.Bites

            At that time, even though I knew objectively and intellectually that some people were gay it was difficult to feel certain anyone was.

        • JCF

          And maybe that Liberace fella?

      • Artsy

        I guess I had gaydar™ as a little kid w/out knowing it. I had a huge crush on Dr. Kildaire (Richard Chamberlain). I met him at an art event about 5 years ago and told him I had a huge crush as a kid and he was visibly uncomfortable.

    • teeveedub

      Jim Nabors was one of the first people I heard those nasty homosexual rumors about waaaaaay back in the early ’70s when I came out and started to realize I wasn’t the only gay person on the planet. It was one of those open secrets and everyone seemed to know someone who knew someone who had had sex with Gomer Pyle.

      • prixator

        I heard rumours that Jim Nabors and Rock Hudson were lovers. That never made sense to me.

        • teeveedub

          That may have had something to do with Jim Nabors’ rumored … um … endowment.

  • AlternativeQuacks

    40+ years together. Wow. My condolences to all his loved ones. RIP.

  • LarryChemEngr

    Did gay rumors crush his career? I remember some mean-spirited stuff, I think in the 1970’s.

    • Treant

      It tried. One pretty right-wing venue–NASCAR?–dropped him due to those, but they were forced to take him back because the fans united and said they didn’t care.

      It’s probably not the first victory like that, but it was pretty early and pretty significant.

      • Jerry Kott

        When you shake every Family Tree hard enough a couple LGBT folks will fall out and folks know that. The first step for Equality started at the kitchen table. I don’t believe the United States is as hateful toward equality as some think. Nabors changed a lot of perspectives before there was a movement.

        • Treant

          I agree, and he was a nice good ol’ boy who they could relate to–better than they could, for instance, relate to me.

          The US is rather schizoid in terms of rights. They’re OK with LBGT folks being around, for the most part, but once they want equal rights or marriage…well, they take a while to adjust to that. The percentage that would burn gays at the stake really is pretty small these days, and more than countered by the other side.

          • Jerry Kott

            I believe it all started to change when we taught people to laugh “with us” and not “at us”. Making people laugh will make them drop their weapons . We realized that the only weapon they had was THEIR own fear, not ours.

    • Lazycrockett

      Well he and his partner moved to Hawaii in 1976, so from then on he did loads of stuff but most guest appearances. He did do a lot of movies with Burt Reynolds.

    • Lazycrockett

      I just remember that horrible joke bout “Gomer that’s not my belly button.” “Well Bunny, That’s not my finger.”

      • Reality.Bites

        The one that was big for me (I was younger and sex jokes were beyond my peers) was

        What did Sgt. Carter find behind the barracks?

        Gomer’s pile.

      • Ben in Oakland

        That joke was old when I first heard back in 1956.

  • Rex

    He certainly had a beautiful voice.

    • Jonathan Smith

      ….who knew?
      certanly not i

      • Natty Enquirer

        That was always the shtick. Jim would come on a variety show in his goofy Gomer persona, then knock ’em dead with a song. Watch his lips when he sings — he is well-trained.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Sadly, the cycle of three now starts all over again.

    • Treant

      Is there one, or do we just group things in threes? People die all the time, after all…

      I’ve noted I do that, but when I sit down and chart it out, it really was pretty randomly distributed.

      • Natty Enquirer

        It’s a fairly tired superstition.

      • Reality.Bites

        Even if you came up with some hard and fast rule of how long can elapse from first to third deaths, you could never get a consensus on who counts as a famous person for purposes of inclusion in a set of three.

        (I’ve been online talking about this shit way too many years, LOL)

        • Treant

          Agreed. I’d tend to say, “Soon enough that I connect them, or thematically connected and within some reasonable range.” And define that as “about a month” and “three-four months” respectively. 🙂

          But even so, there are tons of older singers I like, and it’s not at all improbable that three will die within a four-month period.

          It’s like putting 60 people in a room. It’s almost certain two will share the same birthday–vastly more probable than not, to the point that it’s rare that it doesn’t happen. Probabilities stack.

  • Blake J Butler
    • -M-

      Seems to be deleted. What did it say?

      • Blake J Butler

        “After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to support the Senate tax reform bill. I believe this legislation, though far from perfect, would enhance American competitiveness, boost the economy, and provide long overdue tax relief for middle class families,” McCain said in a statement.

        McCain added that the Senate legislation would “directly benefit all Americans, allowing them to keep a higher percentage of what they earn.”

        🖕🖕🖕🖕 Fuck Him.

        • William

          Fucking hell. Cut off SSDI to disabled people and put in a 20% tariff on manufactured goods shipped from Puerto Rico to the US mainland. All so the super rich can have more money.

          • MBear

            This is what happens when you let the super rich run your cuntry with no consequences for ruling against or oppressing the people. Tyranny of the wealthy class

            Isn’t that what those inbred fucks are on about? Tyranny?

        • BearEyes

          So much for regular order

        • ColdCountry

          Collins is wavering, too.

        • PeedeResistance

          The Rethugs’ very own Mavericky Bitch Boy TM.

  • MT YVR

    And just found out a friend of … forever… died yesterday. And not fucking AIDS.

    This is just a fun day. Day drinking so should be happening right now. Also, people stop dying for a damned hot minute.

    • AlternativeQuacks

      So sorry for your loss.

    • Treant

      Damn, man, I’m sorry to hear that. There’s not much I can do from another country but offer condolences, but those you get.

      • MT YVR

        Oh, I’m fine. Just… pissed off.

        Mainly I worry about his husband. And friends.

        • Treant

          Can you visit? Or invite his husband over to your place? Maybe even to stay for a couple-three days until things shake out a bit? Or at least, have free long-distance and stay in touch with him/them?

          • MT YVR

            They’re all in town.

            And it’s more a worry in the manner of knowing they’ll need support but also knowing that they’ll be very very selective of how and when and who. To the point that there’s even odds they won’t get any.

            And darlin. I love em, but I’m not about to bully my ass into their grief just because I think they need support. So I wait and I make myself available. But. Worry. You know?

          • Treant

            Yep, I know. I’d hoped they were the clingy sorts. 🙂

    • PickyPecker

      Peace and love to you as you remember your friend.

      • MT YVR

        He was something.

        He and his husband were in an open relationship. His own rule for himself was never play with the husband in town, that’s just RUDE. So whenever the husband was off for business or whatever… he’d go out.

        I was the one who one night noted that watching him go through the crowd in a bar, on the prowl? Kept bringing to mind the Jaws theme.

        So as a group we stood and watched him while I hummed it. And lo, at one point he vanished though you could tell who he was after. And shortly.. with a flailing of arms and a sudden *vanish* below the heads of the crowd we knew he’d found his mark.

        A few minutes later some poor man would resurface looking dazed and like a fin rising from the ocean, there would be our friend darting through the crowd to come stand with us again.

        EVER since we’d all hum Jaws at him. And he HATED me for it.

        Of course he got me back the night I scooped up a young man in that once in a lifetime offhanded way that looks like magic. And as I was leaving the bar with said man, he wandered past. Humming Jaws. And making sure to make direct eye contact with me while he did it.

        The bastard. lol

        • Keroleen

          He sounds like he was quite the character – in a good way, of course. So sorry for your loss.

    • Artsy

      So very sorry.

    • JCF

      {{{MT YVR}}}

  • TampaZeke

    He was one of the last remaining original main characters from my favorite television show of all time, The Andy Griffith Show.

    RIP Jim.

    • Lazycrockett

      Ron Howard would like a word.

      • ChrisInKansas

        I mean, he did say “one of”.

      • TampaZeke

        Yes, as are Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) and Elinor Donahue (Ellie Walker). That’s why I said “one of the last…”

        • Lazycrockett

          and Ken Berry.

          • Reality.Bites

            I think Ken Berry’s really a robot CBS developed for a singing dancing show at an amusement park they were going to build.

            After Disneyland opened they abandoned the concept and took advantage of his mechanical stamina to have him do endentured service on all CBS shows for many years.

            His female counterpart, of course, was Betty White.

      • Reality.Bites

        His father died this week, actually.

  • TheManicMechanic

    It’s that point in time where more and more people from my younger days are disappearing forever. Thanks for the laughs, Jim, and all the surprises. RIP

  • Gregor

    I loved watching Gomer Pyle in re-runs when I was a kid. And every year we got to leave church early to see him sing “Back Home Again in Indiana” at the start of the 500. Sweet memories. RIP Jim Nabors.

  • M Jackson

    I always picture him with Carol Burnett, he was the guest star on her first show of every season so that says a lot.

  • Tiger Quinn

    JN gets no free pass for choosing not to come out all those years, despite being asked repeatedly.

    • Reality.Bites

      Gosh yes, unlike all those other brave pioneers of show biz born in 1930.

    • robindaybird

      Dude, in that time being openly gay is a life and career destroyer, Homosexuality was still considered a mental illness you can get committed for. You can’t judge people from that era by modern standards.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Good thing you’re in the minority with that view. While it would have been great for him to come out earlier, as always, none of us can know a person’s experiences, fears or reasons for staying silent. We all come out when WE are ready, not when others want us to. That you would forget or, as I suspect, willfully choose to ignore this very real truth speaks to your lack of empathy, compassion or experience as a gay man…because no gay man worthy of respect or of good character would ever demand or force another to come out until they’re ready.

    • Jmdintpa

      you must be a young person with no fucking idea how it was back then. no idea of your history and no appreciation of what is like for gay people now. its not perfect but if you knew where we have come from then its much better now. grow the fuck up or shut the fuck up.

    • Jay Mills

      Just the rumors alone severely restricted his career over many years.

  • Elsewhere1010

    I was a staff usher at the Fisher Theater in Detroit when Nabors did a one-night-only concert. The staff was used to the theater audience you usually get for touring b’way shows, excited, maybe a bit raucous, but this night when we opened the theater doors a half hour before the show what we was was 2,089 people standing in an orderly line, totally quiet, and when we started tearing tickets each one said “thank you”.

    No stragglers. None. The entire house was seated in less than fifteen minutes where they sat quietly waiting for the concert to begin. Never had a crowd like that before, and never did again.

    • ColdCountry

      He was special.

  • I remember when the “rumors” came out that Neighbors was gay. That was back in the day when such rumors could destroy a Hollywood career. Thank goodness those days are over. I’m so glad he had a long, happy partnership/marriage.

  • JWC

    another one gone

  • DesertSun59

    When I was in Marine boot camp in SD back in the late 70s there was literally a Private Pyle in my platoon. I sh*t you not. He got more sh*t for his name than you can believe. He lasted about two weeks.

  • Oh, Parker

    He was a nice guy. He was at the Indy 500 for many years. The radio show Bob & Tom made relentless fun of his being gay around that time of year. They had a song called “Big Knockers” which was sung by people playing Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. It went something like:
    Dean: “But if you really wanna see the biggest boobs at the track. Go find Jim Nabors…”
    Jerry: “He’s got ’em tattooed on his baaaaack!”

    Stay classy, Indiana.

    • AmeriCanadian

      “Stay classy, Indiana.”

      Impossible.

    • Outlaw Woman

      OK, I’m asking the JMG crowd to psychoanalyze me …

      “He’s got ’em tattooed on his baaaaack!” … I chuckled a bit.

      What’s wrong with me?

      • Oh, Parker

        They recorded several versions. That particular one just happened to play in the era when many of us were dying and the religious nuts were blaming us for it. They recorded later versions without that part in the lyrics and no longer play it at all to the best of my knowledge, but I remember it well.

      • LeeCMH

        Meanness is often conveyed with humor, but realization of its pejorative source and intent is important.

        Since you are questioning your reaction, my arm-chair opinion is you’re okay.

  • JCF

    RIP Jim. You endured the rumor mill a long, long, time. Thank you for coming out.

  • LeeCMH

    Reminds me of when I was in Maui many years ago. While staying overnight in Hana I dropped by an old local general store. I found a bag of Macadamia fruit, not just the nut, labeled: Nabors Farms.

  • JDS

    His career was almost torpedoed by some rag printing that he and Rock Hudson were getting married. I think that happened in the 70’s. Carol Burnett always had him on the first show of each season as her good luck charm.

  • fuzzybits

    RIP Mr. Nabors. Another part of growing up in the 60’s and 70’s gone.

    • Gianni

      I feel like that everytime I read that another person in the memories of my life has gone. Life chipping away at it relentlessly.

  • No mention of the four part Crisis on Earth X (crossover with all the CW superheroes). Lots of gay content and fighting modern day Nazis seemed especially timely.

  • rednekokie

    He was one of the few Great Ones. Although he has been off the stage and screen for several years, he will be sorely missed.

  • Randy

    I have reached the age to believe that ANYONE who was born 80 years ago and decided to pursue a career in the public media has to get a shoutout.

  • borison

    I hope that when all those folks in Alabama mourn the passing of a native son, they will also realize that Roy Moore would have thrown him into prison given half a chance, simply for being gay.