Jimmy Hart "The Mouth Of The
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Hart is one of the greatest minds in the music and
professional wrestling business of all time.
Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart (also known as
"The Colonel") (born January 1, 1943 in
Memphis, Tennessee) is a professional wrestling manager,
executive, composer and musician. He has worked in
Memphis Wrestling, the WWF, WCW, XWF, WrestleXpress
and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He has managed
many notable professional wrestlers, including Hulk
Hogan, Bret Hart, Ric Flair and The Honky Tonk Man.
wrestling, Jimmy was part of a band in the 1960s called
The Gentrys who had a million selling record Keep
on Dancin. Before becoming The Gentrys, there
were known as just "The Gents". Their production
manager told them that if they did not change their
name, then they wouldn't succeed in the music industry.
Later, after the leader of the group Larry Raspberry
left Jimmy took over and they had a few minor hits.
being asked to sing back-up with Jerry "The King"
Lawler, Jimmy was asked to be an announcer and then
to manage Jerry. He also managed King Kong Bundy,
"Ravishing" Rick Rude, Lanny Poffo, Jim
"The Anvil" Neidhart, Ox Baker, Kamala,
Randy Savage, and Eddie Gilbert; this stable was known
as "Hart's First Family of Wrestling", or
simply "The First Family". After Lawler
broke his leg, Jimmy brought in talent to take the
title from Jerry. In 1982, Hart earned national headlines
doing a program with comedian and television star
Andy Kaufman. Hart, "The King," and Kaufman
would continue this feud for over a year. Around this
time, Hart became known as "The Wimp", a
nickname given to him by Lawler and chanted by fans,
and was the subject of the song "Wimpbusters",
which was sung by Lawler to the tune of the popular
hit "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr.; a
music video was also made featuring Lawler, legendary
announcer Lance Russell, and wrestlers such as Savage,
Jimmy Valiant, Dutch Mantel, Tommy Rich, and Rufus
R. Jones, along with footage of "The King"
beating Hart and his "First Family" (a young
Brian Christopher also made an appearance as a young
child and another youth is seen wearing a replica
of Tully Blanchard's West Texas State football jersey).
Then in 1983 and 1984, Hart led Austin Idol, Masao
Ito, and Gilbert to CWA (Championship Wrestling Association)
International titles. After this success, Hart was
hired by the World Wrestling Federation.
in the WWF, Jimmy managed many wrestlers. His first
acquisition was Greg The Hammer Valentine
in 1985, then the Intercontinental Champion. At Wrestlemania
I, Hart managed King Kong Bundy as he defeated S.D.
("Special Delivery") Jones, allegedly in
9 seconds. Jimmy Hart would later trade King Kong
Bundy's contract to Bobby The Brain Heenan
for the Missing Link and Adrian Adonis.
in 1985, Jimmy managed Jim The Anvil Neidhart.
After Valentine lost the Intercontinental Title to
Tito Santana Hart briefly co-managed the Dream Team
(Valentine & Beefcake), until he phased out and
gave full control to Luscious Johnny Valiant.
In 1986, Hart took the Funk Family under his wing.
The Funks included Terry, Hoss, and Jimmy Jack. Then
Jimmy managed Adrian Adonis and helped him use the
gimmick of Adorable Adrian Adonis.
in 1986, with the appearance of Bret The Hitman
Hart, Jimmy teamed him up with Jim The Anvil
Neidhart to form The Hart Foundation. On January 26,
1987, Hart guided his new tag team past the British
Bulldogs for the WWF World Tag Team titles. Hart led
the Hart Foundation and former referee Dangerous Danny
Davis over the British Bulldogs and Tito Santana at
Wrestlemania III in the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac,
Michigan. When the Honky Tonk Man turned heel, Hart
became his manager. The Honky Tonk Man called Hart
The Colonel in a reference to Tom Parker,
the manager of Elvis Presley. With Hart in his corner,
on June 2, 1987 the Honky Tonk Man captured the Intercontinental
title from Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.
in 1987, Hart was named Pro Wrestling Illustrated's
Manager of the Year. He won the award again in 1994.
Also in 1987, Jimmy Hart managed the WWF Womens
Tag Team champions Judy Martin & Leilani Kai,
known as the Glamour Girls. At Wrestlemania IV: Jimmy
Hart received a haircut by Brutus The Barber
Beefcake. When Jimmy dropped the Hart Foundation in
1988, Hart managed the Fabulous Rougeaus to feud with
his former team. At SummerSlam 1988: Jimmy Hart accompanied
the Demolition & Mr. Fuji to help retain their
WWF Tag titles against the Hart Foundation. Ax used
Hart's megaphone as a foreign object to strike one
of the Hart Foundation members to secure the victory.
The Megaphone became a significant trademark of Hart's
throughout the years and was extensively used as a
foreign object by the wrestlers he managed and by
Jimmy was also responsible for many of the wrestlers
theme tunes in WWF and WCW. He composed: The
Honk Tonk Man, Honky Love, Sexy
Boy, Road to Destruction, Randy
and Lizs Wedding song, What a Rush,
Were All American Boys, Im
the Mountie, Its All about the Money,
Snuka, American Made, the
Wolfpac song and many more.
the demise of WCW, he became a part owner and one
of the founders of the X Wrestling Federation (XWF)
along with Greg The Hammer Valentine &
Brian Knobbs. He also played a key role behind the
scenes in the British based WrestleXpress promotion.
He had an administrative position in TNA, and was
seen from time to time at Universal Studios promoting
February 3, 2005, Jimmy Hart was announced as one
of the Class of 2005 inductees into the WWE Hall of
Fame, and was inducted on April 2, 2005 by Jerry Lawler.
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