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Boots Randolph's signature tune, "Yakety Sax," was inspired by the sax solo in the Coasters' "Yakety Yak," and is much better known than its modest chart placement might suggest. Randolph had recorded "Yakety Sax" for RCA several years earlier without success, but his Monument recording clicked in 1963 and the accompanying gold-selling album spent nearly a year on the charts. Randolph's unique status as the man who popularized the saxophone in Nashville is reflected in half an album's worth of country songs like "I Fall to Pieces" and "If You've Got the Money." Randolph acknowledges the Coasters again on a version of "Charlie Brown," and gives the commercial folk craze the nod with renditions of "Cotton Fields" and "Walk Right In." "Cacklin' Sax" is a novelty number on which Randolph imitates the sound of a chicken with his versatile horn. The album is split into two halves, with the slow songs grouped on the second side, and the first half is the clear winner of the two.

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How can this whole review not ONCE invoke the words "Benny Hill"?!!?!?!

That's right folks -- you may have gotten here by accident and not realized the "Yakety Sax" is more conventionally known as "The Benny Hill Show Theme Song," but that's the truth! If you're looking to chase scantily clad girls around in fast-motion or shake buxom women's hands extra-vigorously, this is the album for you!!

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Yakety Sax - Boots Randolph

Wow! Boots Randolph. He was one of the giants that recorded on many other artist albums. If you listen to any of Elvis Presley's music from the sixties, if there was a sax, it was more than likely Boots Randolph's. What else can I say? Boots was the best!!!!


Born: June 3, 1927 in Paducah, KY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Tenor saxophonist Boots Randolph was an important contributor to the Nashville sound, the set of pop-flavored textures that dominated country music in the late '50s and early '60s. He was born in Paducah, KY, but grew up in small-town Cadiz, in Trigg County. Born Homer Louis Randolph III, he acquired the nickname "Boots" in childhood from his brother Bob. Randolph began playing the trombone in school and learned several other instruments, but by the time he was 16 he had begun to focus seriously...
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