Homer Louis “Boots” Randolph III was an American musician best known for his 1963 saxophone hit “Yakety Sax” (which became Benny Hill’s signature tune).
Randolph began playing the saxophone at the age of 15. He started out playing alto and tenor saxophone, but later switched to baritone saxophone. After high school he played in the United States Army Band (1951-1954) before becoming a session musician in Nashville.
During his early years in Nashville began to write and arrange music for others before graduating to to play on other sessions as a soloist. He released his first solo album ‘Tender Sax ‘in 1962, and followed it up with other popular albums such as ‘Yakety Sax’ and ‘Boots With Strings’.
He was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2007, and in 2005 he was inducted into the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 2020, Randolph was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. This award is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the music industry over the course of their career.