• “That’s me really singing the girl’s part on it” – WWF Legend Created Shawn Michaels’ Theme Song
Legendary WWF Manager Jimmy Hart appeared on a recent episode of the ‘Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw’ podcast, where he talked about creating wrestling theme songs, his own personal Mount Rushmore of entrance theme songs & more.
Below are the highlights:
On creating Shawn Michaels’ theme song:
“Of course, we did Shawn Michaels and Shawn, when I first did Shawn Michaels’ song, he had his valet singing it, Sherri Martel. So then when she left, Vince wanted Shawn Michaels’ voice on it, so I had to tape it in Texas somewhere, so I had to book a studio, take Shawn up there to do it, so they sent me the tape from New York.
So I went in there and I overdubbed his voice on it, and of course, Shawn goes, ‘I can’t sing, I can’t do this’. I said ‘this is going to be great’. He went in there and knocked it out, maybe one or two takes.
But we didn’t have a girl singing it back up on it like I had down there, so I had to sing the backups and I tripled my voice three times going ‘sexy boy, sexy boy’. So we tripled it three times to make it sound like a girl, so that’s me really singing the girl’s part on it.”
On how Dusty Rhodes’ theme song was created:
“Dusty goes, ‘look, Vince came to me, he wants you to cut a song on me. I want you to cut one too, this is what I want’.
First of all, you know how Dusty was very articulate about stuff. I said, ‘okay, what do you want Dusty?’ He goes, ‘ well, I want some African American girl singers,’ okay you got it, I wrote it down. He says ‘I want some horn players,’ okay I wrote it down. He said, ‘you know, I’d like to have a cowbell on the front of that’, alright, cowbell on the front of that.
I go, ‘what else?’And he goes, ‘write about the common man’. I said, ‘okay, write about the common man, the cowbell, African American singers, and horn players, Dusty why don’t you just write it yourself, you know what you want!’ He laughed, so I went, put it together, brought it to him, he listened to it three times, and he goes, ‘I love it, I love it’. ”
On his Mt. Rushmore of pro-wrestling theme songs:
“The Undertaker would have to be on there because everything was just simple. [impersonates Undertaker’s theme] Still, you gotta go with that. You gotta go with Triple H, drew a heck of a lot of money and I love that song that he came out to the ring to and I thought that was great.
And of course, drawing the most money too, I always think about Hulk Hogan with the ‘Real American’. You know that drew a heck of a lot of money. But then, if I could put one of mine on there, it would have to be ‘Sexy Boy’, by Shawn Michaels. I love them all, but if the fans let me put one there, and I’m putting it last, you know, Shawn Michaels.”
Jimmy Hart was a manager in the World Wrestling Federation from 1984 until 1993 and later went to Ted Turner’s WCW, where he also worked as a manager from 1994 till 2001.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 21, 2002) – WWF Monday Night RAW
On this day in 2002, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Monday Night RAW’.
It was broadcasted from the BI-LO Center in Greenville, South Carolina and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF No Way Out 2002’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. Rob Van Dam, Spike Dudley & Tazz vs. Booker T & Dudley Boyz
2. WWF Intercontinental Title: William Regal vs. Edge
3. Mr. Perfect vs. Val Venis
4. Billy & Chuck vs. Kane & The Big Show
5. The Rock & Triple H vs. Chris Jericho & Kurt Angle