Music – 1986 – Indianapolis Opera Star John Davies – Back Home In Indiana – At Start Of The Indy 500

“Back Home Again In Indiana” is a song composed by James F. Hanley with lyrics by Ballard MacDonald….which was published in January 1917….and although “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away” is the state song of Indiana….it is perhaps the best-known song that pays tribute to the Hoosier  state. Since 1946, “Back Home Again in Indiana” has been performed during pre-race ceremonies before the Indianapolis 500…..and…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Indy 500 – Jim Lampley + Sam Posey Provide Final PreRace Analysis Before Start

In this final pre-race analysis at the start of the 1986 Indy 500…..ABC’s broadcast crew of Jim Lampley, Sam Posey and Bobby Unser provide last minute commentary on the upcoming race…..as opera singer John Davies fills in for Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) to sing Back Home Again In Indiana….when the thousands of helium balloons were released…

Music – 1986 – John Davies – Back Home Again In Indiana – Sung At The Start Of The 1986 Indy 500

Indianapolis opera singer John Davies sings “Back Home Again In Indiana” at the start of the 1986 Indy 500….which has been a tradition since 1946….as it is a song composed by James F. Hanley with lyrics by Ballard MacDonald that was published in January 1917….and although it is not the state song of Indiana….which is “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away”….it…

Music – 1986 – Opera Star John Davies – Back Home In Indiana – At Start Of The Indy 500 Race

DOG ASIDE: This video brings to life an old and hallowed tradition of the singing of Back Home In Indiana just prior to the start of the 1986 Indianapolis 500 Race….and is being sung by Opera singer John Davies….who has performed with opera companies throughout the United States….to include singing at  the Metropolitan Opera….the San Francisco Opera….and the…