Jimmy Hart reveals how his band was named after a condom
WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart has recalled the unusual – but ultra safe – way he chose a name for his own musical group.
The Mouth Of The South has made a name for themselves as a manager extraordinaire over several decades in the wrestling business. Hart 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 in the ring in a career that spanned stints in Memphis, WWF, WCW, and even lately, TNA.
In addition to his managerial exploits and trademark bullhorn, Jimmy Hart was also known for his musical talents. Hart has composed theme music for many WWF and WCW stars, perhaps most notably writing the evergreen “Sexy Boy” for The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels.
But Hart’s musical career dates back to the 1960s when the Treadwell High School alum helped form the rock ‘n’ roll band, The Gentrys. The band’s most notable achievement was their hit record Keep On Dancing which went to number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965.
Speaking to fellow WWE Hall of Famers Gerald Brisco and JBL on their Stories Show with Brisco and Bradshaw, Jimmy Hart recalled, with a motherly touch, how the band got its name:
“Here’s what happened – we were called The Chintz when we started but the label said Chintz didn’t sound good, it sounded very rich you know. He said ‘why can’t you find another name?’
“So I was using a gas station bathroom on the way to one of our gigs and I go there and I looked into the thing and I went ‘the gentrys’ and went to hold it so i put a quarter in, put in the thing, took it out, came back and showed the band. I said “look, here’s a condom called the Gentlemen”. I don’t know if we all decided then but somehow [the band] was made into The Gentrys.