Jimmy Hart On Vince McMahon Having The Idea For His Iconic Megaphone

Jimmy Hart managing at ringside whilst holding his megaphone.

‘The Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart has discussed how the idea for him using a megaphone at ringside came about, crediting Vince McMahon for coming up with the idea.

Jimmy Hart is known as one of the greatest, and loudest, managers in wrestling history. Throughout his managerial career he’s been at ringside for the likes of The Hart Foundation, Adrian Adonis, The Funks, Honky-Tonk Man, and Hulk Hogan. Hart was welcomed in to the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2005, as part of the same Class as ‘The Hulkster’.

The megaphone Jimmy Hart brought to the ring became as iconic as some of the jackets he wore, and joining Caleb Beames of KTRE9, ‘The Mouth Of The South’ revealed where the idea for the outlandish jackets came about.

Well, a quick story here, two different parts of a story, one, is the reason I where the colorful jackets is because before I got into the world of wrestling, I was in a band called The Gentrys. We toured with Dick Clark back in the day with The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher. It was all bus tours back then, and I remember something Dick Clark said once in a meeting.

He said, ‘Look, some nights when you get on stage, you might not feel good. Do the best you can but you can always do one thing. When you’re on that stage if you dress like the audience, one day you’re gonna be sitting in the audience. Be colorful. Give the people their money’s worth. They don’t want to buy a ticket to see somebody who looks like them.’ I remembered that, so when I went into this business, I made sure to wear colorful jackets.

As for the megaphone, Jimmy Hart credits Vince McMahon for the idea as well as giving him the sage advice to “not overdo it”.

Number two, the megaphone, it’s been around the world two or three times. Vince McMahon was the one that brought this to me from Japan and said, ‘You can use this at ringside, just don’t overdo it.’ I said, ‘Can I paint it,’ and he said, ‘Anything you want to with it.’ Two people who have helped out my career, Dick Clark and Vince McMahon.

 

With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.

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