The Mouth of the South
The Jimmy Hart Story
Jerry “The King” Lawler
Bret “The Hitman” Hart
What went wrong with WCW? An omnipresent megaphone and maniacal, high-pitched giggle are the only clues that fans of pro-wrestling need to identify perhaps the most successful and internationally recognizable in-ring manager of all time: Jimmy “The Mouth of the South” Hart.
In The Mouth of the South, discover the many faces of America’s beloved entertainer. Hart found fame early in the music biz with The Gentrys’ hit song “Keep on Dancing.” In the 70s, a second big break changed his life. Memphis wrestling gave birth to a new Jimmy Hart — wrestling’s most loved — and at times hated — manager.
Ever since, he has been at the center of pro-wrestling’s most crucial historical developments. Hart showed Jim Carrey the ropes in his portrayal of Andy Kaufman’s famous wrestling scene. Other than Jerry Lawler and Kaufman himself, only Hart knew what was going to transpire live on Letterman — an “unscripted” physical confrontation that shocked America.
Hart was also there when Vince McMahon’s WWF revolutionized wrestling and made it a pop culture phenomenon. Hulk Hogan, The Honky Tonk Man, Bret Hart: The Mouth of the South was in their corner. With priceless behind-the-scenes photos from Hart’s personal collection, this memoir will establish itself as an indispensable chronicle of what might be America’s true pastime.
Jimmy Hart is a wrestling announcer and the former manager of wrestling superstars such as Andy Kaufman, the Honky Tonk Man, Hulk Hogan, and the Nasty Boys. He is a former member of the rock band The Gentrys, who hit the Billboard charts in the late 1960s with “Keep on Dancing.” He lives in Tampa, Florida.