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Foghorn LeghornFoghorn Leghorn - Large, white windbag of a rooster seen in a number of Warner Brother cartoons over the years. Foghorn Leghorn (inspired by Kenny Delmar's Senator Beauregard Claghorn from Bighorn character, a Deep South politician from THE FRED ALLEN SHOW on radio) premiered in the Warner's animated feature Walky Talky Hawky (1946). Foghorn's popular catchphrases are "I say, I say there!", "Pay attention, boy!" and "Now listen here!" His favorite song is "Camptown Races" (Doo Dah! Doo Dah!).

In his book "That's Not all Folks" (Warner Books, 1988) Mel Blanc, the voice of this boisterous loudmouth southern rooster, talked about a confusion that arose concerning the initial inspiration for the voice of Foghorn Leghorn.

"Delmar claimed he based the voice not on my (Mel Blanc) character's, but on that of a Texas rancher he'd once hitched a ride from. Bob McKimson claimed Foghorn's voice was derived not from Senator Claghorn's but from someone on another old-time radio program, BLUE MONDAY JAMBOREE. And I claim I first heard the accent at a 1928 vaudeville show at San Francisco's Pantages Theater when I was twenty. As I recall it, in one of the skits an actor played a clownish hard-of-hearing southern sheriff."

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