R.I.P. Boots Randolph 1927-2007 - Composer of "Yakety Sax"
Saxophonist Boots Randolph passed away a few days ago. While he made a career of playing with the likes of Roy Orbison and brass-man Al Hirt, the world will forever remember his 1963 instrumental novelty hit "Yakety Sax".
Even if you don't recognize his hit single by name, you likely know it very well - especially if you've ever seen more than five minutes of The Benny Hill Show. Hill would often drop "Yakety Sax" into his frenetic silent movie-like sketches, and very frequently used the tune as his closing music while being chased by barely dressed lovelies.
Thanks for everything, Boots - I'll never look at a parade of fast-moving nurses without thinking of you.