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His own memorable moments are plentiful.

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running of the Indianapolis 500, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(Photo: Kelly Wilkinson / The Star)

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"I thought I was going to sing 'The Star Spangled Banner.' When Mr. Hulman said, 'Sing the song,' naturally, I thought that's what he meant," Nabors said, laughing. Moments before showtime, the band leader told him the song was "(Back Home Again in) Indiana."

The song was first sung at the start of the race in 1946. "A lot of people did it just once but somehow or another, Jim Nabors just clicked," Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian Donald Davidson told The IndianapolisStar in 2013.

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From the archive: Nabors has made them weep at Indy 500 since 1972

said. Singing, rain. Signing, rain. Singing, rain. "The fourth time they started booing me not really, just in a laughing way. I said, 'I'm sorry. It ain't my fault!' The race finally ran on the following Thursday when Nabors sang "Indiana" a cappella. (The Purdue University Marching Band wasn't available.)

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Known best for his role as Gomer Pyle on New Balance 996 Review "The Andy Griffith Show," Nabors has performed "Indiana" over the public address system at IMS nearly every year since 1972.

Jim Nabors will sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" for the last time at the 98th New Balance 990v4 Kids

So the 83 year old has decided that 2014 will be the last year he will sing "(Back Home Again in) Indiana" prior to the start of the Indianapolis 500. The 98th running will take place on May 25.

"Like the old song goes, 'Don't Stay Too Long at the Fair,'" he said.

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As for the future, no plans for the "(Back Home Again in) Indiana" performance will be announced until after this year's Indianapolis 500.

´╗┐Jim Nabors to sing 'Indiana' one last time at 2014 Indianapolis 500

It's a quiet life by design, a place to relax after a career spanning six decades as an actor and singer. He lives there with Stan Cadwallader, (his partner of 39 years, whom he married in Seattle last year) and their two German shepherds.

He may be from Alabama but upon hearing the crowd's reaction, Nabors said he was dumbfounded. "I became a Hoosier that day," he said. More tributes will be announced at a later date.

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When asked if he'll miss it, Nabors tells a story about Andy Griffith.

"I've traveled most of my career. I've probably played every single state fair in the union, most of the counties, too, and headlined in Vegas for 35 years running it's getting too difficult to get along now," Nabors said.

"I looked at him and said, 'Well I'm from Alabama!'" Nabors recalled with a twang. "I sure knew the tune but wasn't sure about the lyrics. So I wrote them on my hand and suddenly they said, 'You're on.'

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Nabors said Griffith called to check in one day. "He said he really missed working. We talked for about an hour, and he died a week later. He was one of my favorite people," Nabors said with sadness in his voice.

Nabors recalls his first Speedway performance with fondness and laughter. He attended the race as the guest of casino operator Bill Harrah. Upon meeting Nabors, the Speedway's owner, Tony Hulman, invited him to sing . 20 minutes before the start of the race.

Nabors, who follows the IndyCar series on television throughout the season, said just because he's done singing doesn't mean he'll never make it New Balance 574 Grey Yellow

It's not but a few seconds before he perks back up again.

back to the 500. With his hometown approximately 20 miles from Talladega, he grew up a race fan and since coming to his first 500 has followed drivers such as Dario Franchitti throughout their careers.

He missed the race most recently in 2012 after having a heart valve replacement.

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