Saxophone Player Boots Randolph Dead At 80

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Saxophone player Boots Randolph, the western Kentucky native who wrote and recorded the Benny Hill theme
"Yakety Sax," died today in Nashville (Tennessee) at age 80.

Randolph suffered a cerebral hemorrhage last week and had been in a coma at Skyline Medical Center.

As a session musician, he played on Elvis Presley's "Return to Sender," Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman," "Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree" and "I'm Sorry," R-E-O Speedwagon's "Little Queenie" and Al Hirt's "Java."

Randolph played regularly in Nashville nightclubs for 30 years, becoming a tourist draw for the city much like Wayne Newton in Las Vegas and Pete Fountain in New Orleans.

In 1963 he had his biggest solo hit, "Yakety Sax," which got new life two decades later on "The Benny Hill" show.

Randolph was born Homer Louis Raldolph in Paducah (Kentucky) and
grew up in Cadiz (Kentucky), where he learned to play music with his family's band.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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