Randolph performing live March 2000.
|Birth name||Homer Louis Randolph III|
|Also known as||"Boots"|
|Born||June 3, 1927
Paducah, Kentucky, United States
|Died||July 3, 2007
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
|Labels||RCA, Capitol, Monument|
|Associated acts||Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, many others|
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Homer Louis "Boots" Randolph III (June 3, 1927 – July 3, 2007) was an American musician best known for his 1963 saxophone hit, "Yakety Sax" (Benny Hill's signature tune). Randolph was a major part of the "Nashville Sound" for most of his professional career.
At the end of World War II, Boots Randolph played saxophone, trombone, and vibraphone in the United States Army Band. After his service in the Army, he played with Dink Welch's Kopy Kats in Decatur, Illinois from 1948-1954. He briefly resided in Louisville, Kentucky before returning to Decatur to start his own group. He left Decatur in 1957.
During his more than forty year career, Randolph performed in hundreds of venues alongside many artists in pop, rock, jazz, and country music. He played on many recording sessions with Elvis Presley and also performed on soundtracks for a number of Presley's motion pictures, one popular song being "Return to Sender".
Mr. Randolph recorded for Monument Records in Nashville and played on Roy Orbison's 1963 hit, "Mean Woman Blues." He was also featured on "Little Queenie" by REO Speedwagon, "Java" by Al Hirt, "Turn On Your Lovelight" by Jerry Lee Lewis, and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee. Early in his career, he often billed himself as Randy Randolph.
As a solo recording artist, Randolph placed four singles in the Top-100 between 1963 and 1967. The most successful of these was "Yakety Sax" which reached #35 in 1963 and stayed on the charts for 9 weeks. Boots was also successful on Billboard Magazine's album charts, having fourteen entries between 1963 and 1972. "Boots With Strings" from 1967 reached #36 and stayed on the chart for nearly two years.
His final solo studio album, A Whole New Ballgame, was released June 12, 2007.
See also 
- Trott, Walt. (1998). "Boots Randolph." In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 428–9.
- Associated Press, Sax man Boots Randolph known for hit 'Yakety Sax' July 4, 2007
- Bernstein, Adam. 'Yakety Sax' Saxophonist Boots Randolph, 80. Washington Post. July 4, 2007
- Whitburn, Joel (2000). Top Pop Singles 1955-1999. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 526. ISBN 0-89820-139-X.
- Whitburn, Joel (2006). The Billboard Albums - 6th edition. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, Inc. p. 861. ISBN 0-89820-166-7.