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Thu June 4, 2009
The "Saxy" Boots Randolph
By Jacque Day
Western Kentucky – Eighty-two years ago this week, Boots Randolph, called by some the original Rock and Roll saxophonist, was born in Paducah, Kentucky. Through his six-decade career, artists from Elvis Presley to REO Speedwagon sought Boots out for his singing tenor sax sound. Jacque Day takes a look at his role in creating the "Nashville Sound" and his relationship with the King of Rock and Roll.
Featuring interviews with Tim Smith, Nashville bassist/producer and Boots Randolph band member, and Susan Doll, Ph.D., author of several books about Elvis Presley including the new Elvis for Dummies.
- "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" from the album of the same name, performed by Brenda Lee.
- "Yakety Sax" (Boots Randolph and James Q. "Spider" Rich) from the album Boots Randolph's Yakety Sax!
- "Reconsider Baby" (Lowell Fulson) from Elvis Presley's 1961 Pearl Harbor benefit performance.
Special thanks to Chuck Surack of Sweetwater Records.