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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