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Hawaii resident Jim Nabors will miss Indianapolis 500

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:24 a.m. HST, May 02, 2012

  @Caption -- wildart head1a:<*p(0,0,0,+0,0,5.25,g(P,S))><z20f$>marines honor  a go<k-5>o<k$>d neighbor<Ks100h100z9.2f$o("case","cpsp")> Actor Jim Nabors, left, famed for his television role in the TV sitcom "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," was recognized Tuesday as an honorary Marine when a brick bearing his name was laid in the Walkway of Honor at the Pacific War Memorial at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe. The memorial is a recasting of a statue created for the National Iwo Jima Survivors Association in Newington, Conn., and is surrounded by the walkway. Below, Marine Sgt. Wayne Hansen helped Nabors place the commemorative brick.  Photos by Craig T. kojima / ckojima@staradvertiser.com

INDIANAPOLIS >> An Indianapolis Motor Speedway spokesman says heart surgery will prevent Jim Nabors from performing “Back Home Again in Indiana” at this year’s Indianapolis 500.

Doug Boles says the 81-year-old Nabors will have surgery later this month. 

Boles told The Indianapolis Star on Wednesday that a Speedway video crew is set to record Nabors singing the song in Hawaii next week for playback during the pre-race festivities. The race is scheduled for May 27.

Nabors began performing “Back Home Again in Indiana” in 1972 and since 1987 has performed it every year but one: He missed the 2007 race due to health reasons.

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