Boots Randolph Passed Away

Boots Randolph, whose spirited saxophone playing on songs like the Benny Hill theme "Yakety Sax" made him one of Nashville's top musicians, died Tuesday. He was 80. Randolph suffered a cerebral hemorrhage June 25 and had been in a coma. He was taken off a respirator earlier Tuesday, said Betty Hofer, a publicist and spokeswoman for the family. Randolph played regularly in Nashville nightclubs for 30 years, becoming a tourist draw for the music-obsessed city, much like Wayne Newton in Las Vegas and Pete Fountain in New Orleans. He recorded more than 40 albums and spent 15 years touring with the Festival of Music, teaming with fellow instrumentalists Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer. 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," REO Speedwagon's "Little Queenie," Al Hirt's "Java" and other songs including ones by Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash. He also appeared on stage with Elvis in 1961 in his two Memphis charities shows and his benefit concert in Hawaii for the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. In 1963 he had his biggest solo hit, "Yakety Sax," which he wrote.
Source: Elvis Unlimited / Updated: Jul 3, 2007 
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stanton (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 5, 2007report abuse
RIP
Viva (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 4, 2007report abuse
Now this is very sad news. Boots really contributed something major and truly brilliant to not only Elvis' music, but music generally. A great shame, but what a legacy; As mentioned previously, his solo on "Reconsider Baby" must go down as one of THE greatest ever.
SCFC (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 4, 2007report abuse
Very sad news to hear this. One of the true unsung heroes of rock n roll. Legendary status is guaranteed if only for that solo in Reconsider Baby. RIP Boots
benny scott (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 4, 2007report abuse
So sad to hear Boots passed away. What a great musician the world lost, and he must have been a very nice and gentle guy too ! His sax-solo on "Reconsider Baby" and his solo-recordings like "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "Estrellita" ( just to name a few ) still give me shivers and make my flesh creep. We won't forget you! May you rest in peace Mr.Randolph.
PaulFromFrance (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 4, 2007report abuse
One of the saddest news, in the music field, in 30 years. Loved you, Boots !
Devon (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 4, 2007report abuse
So sorry to hear about his death, he will always live through his music.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 4, 2007report abuse
Very sorry to hear this. One of the greats. RIP
see see rider (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 4, 2007report abuse
Rest in peace Mr. Randolph, you were a great inspiration to all fellow musicians. Even though you'll be sorely missed, your work will live on.
bray1977 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 4, 2007report abuse
RIP Boots, you were the greatest.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 4, 2007report abuse
In our thoughts,heck of a guy and performer!
June (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 4, 2007report abuse
My boy, my boy.........you are so right. Boots has joined Elvis and that is swell. I am so glad that I got to see him play at the Cannon Center during the Elvis Birthday weekend...and talk to him. What a champ. He stole the show right from under Terry Mike Jeffrey. Thanks, Boots.........you did good.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 4, 2007report abuse
I wish so much there were somewhere, somehow, recorded and videotaped excerpts of those lengendary sessions Elvis had in that Studio B in Nashville, back in the sixties...with among them Boots in action...He just joined Elvis now...Amen !
raldonner (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 3, 2007report abuse
Sorry to hear about Boots Randolph. I remember him when he was in Evansville,Indiana. He played at the Blue Bar. My condolences to the family. He was the greatest sax player.
Sean Ryan (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 3, 2007report abuse
Sad news indeed. Elvisnews well done.Couldnt have picked a better photo than that one.Elvis's smile says it all.What a musican. R.I.P. 'Boots'.
Joe Carr (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 3, 2007report abuse
Rest in peace Boots. My condolenses to the family.
Woody (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 3, 2007report abuse
May he ''rest in peace''
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 3, 2007report abuse
Great musician..RIP.

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