Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Sax Player Boots Randolph Dead at 80

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Boots Randolph, whose spirited saxophone playing on "Yakety Sax" endeared him to fans for years on Benny Hill's TV show, died Tuesday. He was 80.


Most people out there are probably unfamiliar with his name, but those of use who are older remember him well. Those who are younger, and familiar with the Benny Hill show, will recognize his "Yakety Sax" that was played during many of the routines. He was well known for work with a lot of country western stars, and will be missed.

6 comments:

Hammer said...

I always loved the benny hill show and I just heard the yakety sax song in the movie Flushed away yesterday.

thanks, I never knew who wrote of performed it.

Nyx said...

Daaammmnn... I thought he'd been dead for some time! That keeps happening... I only find out people I thought were dead really weren't when I read their obituary.

James Burnett said...

I guess I still qualify as young, but I became familiar with his tunes through the Benny Hill Show. I collected old shows like that when I was a teenager. I've got a bunch of music from Dennis Day, the soloist who used to appear a lot on the old Phil Harris/Alice Faye Show.

Debbie said...

He was a great sax player. My hubby loves those old Benny Hill shows. I too thought he was already dead.

skywriter said...

Another sad loss. I'm also a big fan of Stan Getz.. his personal life was nothing to be proud of, but boy, could he play.

BobG said...

I still like some of the oldies; I have quite a bit of Goodman and Brubek.