WWE Hall Of Famer Jimmy Hart has recalled the unusual – yet ultra safe – way he decided on a name for his own musical group.
The Mouth Of The South built a name for himself as a manager extraordinaire over several decades in the wrestling business. Hart has accompanied legendary names such as The Hart Foundation, Jerry Lawler, Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, The Funks, and The Honky Tonk Man among dozens of others to the ring in a career that has taken in stints in Memphis, WWF, WCW, and even latterly, TNA.
As well as his managerial exploits and his trademark megaphone, Jimmy Hart was also known for his musical talents. Hart composed theme music for many stars of the WWF and WCW, perhaps most notably penning the evergreen ‘Sexy Boy’ for The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels.
But Hart’s musical career goes all the way back to the sixties when the former Treadwell High School student helped form rock ‘n’ roll group, The Gentrys. The group’s most notable achievement was their hit record Keep On Dancing which went to number 4 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965.
Speaking to fellow WWE Hall Of Famers Gerald Brisco and JBL on their Stories With Brisco and Bradshaw show, Jimmy Hart recalled, with a fetherlite touch, how the band got their name:
“Here’s what happened – we were called The Chintz when we first started but the record label said Chintz didn’t sound good, it sounds very rich you know. He said ‘why don’t y’all come up with another name?'”
“So I was using a restroom at a service station on the way to one of our gigs and I go there and I looked in the thing and I went ‘the gentrys’ and I went hold it so I put a quarter in, put in the thing, pulled it out, came back and showed the band. I said ‘look here’s a condom called the gentrys. I don’t know if we all decided then but somehow [the band] got turned into The Gentrys.”