Song of the Day: Boots Randolph, “Yakety Sax”

Tenor saxophonist Boots Randolph, a key figure in the creation of the "Nashville Sound," would be 94 today (he died in 2007 at the age of 80). Boots played on a number of country and pop hits, including "Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee and "Return To Sender" by Elvis Presley. He recorded "Yakety Sax," which was inspired by the saxophone solo in The Coasters’ 1958 hit "Yakety Yak," in 1963. While it didn’t chart, it’s familiar largely to its use in The Benny Hill Show.

10 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Boots Randolph, “Yakety Sax”

  1. Hi John – such a ‘British’ well known song … I have to say I always thought it was Yackety Yak!! Fun to hear again … thank you – Hilary

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  2. There is but one vision when I hear that music – scantily-clad women chasing him. I wonder what he actually thougt about that? I wonder if he thought about that, or if it was just something that sold his show?
    He lived in a place called Southampton, only 20 miles from me.

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      1. I have this vague recollection that his mother might have been an influence all his life, unnaturally so. I think they lived in the same house his whole life, i.e. even before he was famous. I think at one stage he was the highest earner here. Entertainer, that is.

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