Jim Nabors Sings Stirring Version Of ‘The Impossible Dream’ On ‘Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.’

“The Impossible Dream” is one of the classic Broadway ballads from the 1960s. Sung by musical greats such as Sinatra and Elvis, the song continues to be popular because of its inspiring lyrics about overcoming life’s challenges. One of the most remembered versions comes from an unlikely source – a comedic television show. That’s because it was sung by the talented actor/singer Jim Nabors.

When Jim Nabors was discovered by Andy Griffith, he was hired to play a one-shot role of Gomer Pyle, an “addlebrained” gas station attendant, on The Andy Griffith Show. His appearance was so popular that the actor was made a regular on the show and would later get his own spin-off TV show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

While on The Andy Griffith Show, Nabors revealed not only his comedic talents, but also his rich baritone voice. It would lead him to a successful musical career (he has recorded 28 albums!). One stand-out performance was on Gomer Pyle singing “The Impossible Dream”, which is highlighted in the video clip below.

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