Boots Randolph Collection

Identifier: MSS.0691

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

The Boots Randolph collection consists of two series. The Oversized Manuscripts series consists mostly of planners from the 1980-1990s. The Photographs series comprises promotional and backstage photographs of Boots Randolph.


  • undated
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1990

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact

Biographical / Historical

Homer Louis "Boots" Randolph III (1927 – 2007) was a celebrated American saxophone player. Randolph was born in Kentucky. During World War II, he played saxophone, trombone, and vibraphone as a member of the army band. After his military service, Randolph's musical career took him through performances in several states, including Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois, before he found his musical home in Nashville.

In the vibrant and influential music scene of Nashville, Boots Randolph emerged as a preeminent session musician. His exceptional skills contributed significantly to defining the famous Nashville Sound during the 1960s and 1970s. His musical versatility transcended genres, enabling him to collaborate with an impressive roster of artists across pop, rock, jazz, and country music. Among his notable musical partners were iconic figures such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Al Hirt, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chet Atkins, and Brenda Lee.

As a solo recording artist, Boots Randolph achieved notable success with his most iconic single, "Yakety Sax." This composition remains a beloved and instantly recognizable piece in the realm of popular music, solidifying Randolph's lasting legacy in the music industry.


1.25 Linear Feet (1 Paige box)

Language of Materials



The Boots Randolph collection is dedicated to a renowned American saxophonist Boots Randolph. It consists of photographs and other materials, notably planners, from the 1980-1990s.

Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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