Saturday, February 18, 2012

Celebrity Rock: Gomer Pyle sings! (1967)

Tennnnn-hutttt! While Gomer Pyle, USMC was on the air, it served as a showcase for star Jim Nabors in more ways than one. Gomer was first introduced on The Andy Griffith Show as a simple, innocent country boy whose good intentions often led to chaos. But when it came time for Gomer to sing, the country drawl disappeared, and a powerful singing voice emerged.

One example is this clip, with Gomer performing "The Impossible Dream". Small wonder, then, that Nabors was also a million selling recording artist during the 60's.

Enough said.


magicdog said...

I didn't watch too much of this show but I do remember how Gomer could switch back and forth between his country bumpkin persona and that beautiful deep singing voice!

I used to wonder where that voice came from!!

hobbyfan said...

I'd have to read the bio on Nabors to find that out.

They had a running gag in the Recess movie, "School's Out", where one of the kids sang, and they brought in Robert Goulet (!) to be the singing voice. Had they gone to Nabors, it'd have been too obvious.