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

Nashville session saxophonist Homer "Boots" Randolph was born on this day in 1927. His most famous song was "Yakety Sax," which he wrote and recorded in 1963 with James Q. "Spider" Rich. It was inspired by Lieber and Stoller’s "Yakety Yak," which had been a hit for The Coasters in 1958. It was also used at the end of The Benny Hill Show accompanying the final "mad chase" scene.

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

    1. Chet Atkins did a version on guitar called “Yakety Axe,” and when he got together with Boots, they’d trade off verses. Add Floyd Cramer on piano and you had an unbeatable band.

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  1. Hi John – certainly cheery music and a tune one cannot easily forget – thanks for bringing me down to earth – cheers Hilary

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    1. I always associate that song with Benny Hill, who was really big in Chicago (one of the local channels ran his show for years; I think they had licensed all the shows).

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