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Homer Louis "Boots" Randolph, best known for the song "Yakety Sax," died Tuesday at the age of 80.
If you don't know "Yakety Sax" by name, you surely know it as the music that accompanied Benny Hill and the romping, scantily clad girls on "The Benny Hill Show." The song, which Randolph cowrote with James Rich, was surely Randolph's most popular song, but he also did a lot of cool session work, including Tinsel and Rot Hall of Famer Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" and Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." In recent years, he had also done a few tour dates with Jimmy Sturr, all of which, sadly, I missed. He also performed "Yakety Sax" with Sturr and the orchestra on 2003's "Polka 'Round."
And, in reading his various obits, I discovered that he did extensive touring with Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer as the "Masters Festival of Music." Damn. That would've been cool to see.
Rest in peace, Boots.
His official site
Randolph's CDs on Amazon