R.I.P. Boots Randolph

The colorful Boots Randolph has passed away. Best known for his popular "Yakety Sax" died Tuesday July 2, 2007 after having suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on June 25.

No matter what might think about his musical stylings, Randolph was an interesting sax player who certainly influenced many a youngster into exploring the saxophone. His Yakety Sax as well as Paul Desmond's Take Five  and Henri Mancini's  The Pink Panther theme  played by Plas Johnson must account for many sax players initiation to the instrument. 

A number of obituaries can be found. Among them: 

The Tennessean

The Washington Post

The LA Times