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Saxophonist Boots Randolph Dies at 80

Saxophonist Boots Randolph, best known for his 1963 Top 40 instrumental hit “Yakety Sax,” died at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville on July 3. He was 80. Randolph had been in a coma since suffering a cerebral hemorrhage on June 25.

“Yakety Sax,” which later became the theme song for TV’s Benny Hill Show, was inspired by the sax solo in the Coasters’ R&B hit “Yakety Yak.” Following his brief flirtation with the hit record charts, Randolph became a top Nashville session musician.

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