Jim Nabors

The Man Who Dreamed Up ‘The Impossible Dream’

Posted on 03/19/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyBeing a one-hit wonder might be enough if your single stroke of genius turns out to be one of the most enduring, oft-recorded songs in the history of popular music — “The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha. Composer Mitch Leigh, who died on March 16 at age 86 in New York City, was a Yale-educated advertising-jingle writer with a couple of short-lived theatrical productions to his credit when, in an unlikely twist of …

Bye Now, Andy. Y’All Take Care, Y’Hear?

Posted on 07/3/2012 by |Movies & TV | Comments

LegacyJim “Gomer Pyle” Nabors, who owed his entire career to Andy Griffith, once told me about the first time the two ever met,  after Andy had seen his nightclub act in the early 1960s. “I don’t know what you do,” Andy told the young singer-comedian. “But you do it very well.” For Andy Griffith, who died July 3 at age 86, there may have a level of self-recognition in that observation. Ten years earlier, Andy himself had exploded into the …