Established in 2007 in memory of Boots Randolph by his friends and family, this annually funded collegiate scholarship will be awarded to one student each year. Preference is given to a sax student who participates in the Jazz program. Secondary preference is given to a brass student who participates in the Jazz program.

Donations may be made to:

The Boots Randolph Scholarship Fund
Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music
VU Station B 357727
2301 Vanderbilt PlaceƟ
Nashville, TN 37203-9700

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Fred Dawson, Boots, and Chuck Surack (Sweetwater Sound),
discussing the Boots Randolph Scholarship Fund


1927 - 2007

Born: Homer Louis Randolph III

Had Multi-Million Selling Hit Single with "Yakety Sax" Penned by Boots and his friend James Q. "Spider" Rich

First Musician to Play Sax with Elvis including "Return To Sender" and "Reconsider Baby"

Played on 8 of Elvis' Movie Soundtracks

A Major Player in Creating the Now-Famous "Nashville Sound"

Soldier In The United States Army Band During World War II

Boots' Songs Covered by Chet Atkins, Buddy Holly, Floyd Cramer, Alabama, Johnny Cash, Richie Cole, Pete Fountain, Tommy Newsom, and Doc Severinsen

Played on Recordings such as Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman", "Blue Bayou", and "In Dreams", Al Hirt's "Java", REO Speedwagon's "Little Queenie", and Brenda Lee's "Rockin' 'Round The Christmas Tree", "I Want To Be Wanted" and "I'm Sorry".