Jim Nabors attends the 2014 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

attends the 2014 Indy 500 at on May 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo: Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS – He may have been born and raised in Alabama but it didn’t take long for Jim Nabors to become a true Hoosier – the term for a native of Indiana.

Nabors had already earned fame on television as “Gomer Pyle USMC” on the long-running CBS comedy, when he was invited to the 1972 and told he was singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” by a conductor for the Purdue University Band.

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