Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Doggone, Beverly's gone and now Boots

Was there ever anything better than Yakety Sax? I think not!

NASHVILLE (AP) - Sax player Boots Randolph has died.

A spokeswoman for the Randolph family says he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage last week and had been hospitalized in a coma. He was taken off a respirator early today. He was 80.

Randolph is probably best known for the song "Yakety Sax," which was a hit in 1963.

As a session musician, he played on Elvis Presley's song "Return To Sender," as well as "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison and "I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee. He had also played on songs by Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Al Hirt and REO Speedwagon.

Randolph had played regularly in Nashville nightclubs for 30 years. He recorded more than 40 albums.

He graduated from high school in Evansville, Indiana.