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Brass, Reeds, and Percussion: October 21, 2023

In 1963, “Yakety Sax” reached number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Boots Randolph recorded the tune he had written with the assistance of James Q. “Spider” Rich. Born in 1927, Randolph was part of the Nashville sound for most of his professional career. The tune quotes two bars each of “Entry of the Gladiators” and “The Girl I Left Behind Me.” The British comedian Benny Hill used the tune for a segment during his television show so frequently that the tune became known as the “Benny Hill Theme.” It has since become a typical music used to accompany outlandish and humorous events.

  1. Yackety Sax
    Composer:  James Q. "Spider" Rich & Boots Randolph (1297-2007)
    Performer:  Philharmonic Wind Orchestra
    Album:  Movie and Light Music Highlights
  2. Alvamar Oveture
    Composer:  James Barnes (1949- )
    Performer:  Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra
    Album:  Wind Master Overtures, Vol. 1
  3. Imperial March (Darth Vader Theme)
    Composer:  John Williams (1932- )
    Performer:  Philharmonic Wind Orchestra
    Album:  Movie and Light Music Highlights
  4. String of Pearls
    Composer:  Jerry Gray (1915-1976) & Eddie DeLange (1904-1949)
    Performer:  Universal International Orchestra
    Album:  Sound Track from "Glenn Miller Story"
  5. Don Juan
    Composer:  Richard Strauss (1864-1949), arranged by Jose Schyns
    Performer:  Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides
    Album:  Phoenix Ascending
  6. Adagio in G Minor
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)
    Performer:  Signum Saxophone Quartet
    Album:  Echoes
Born in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1951, John moved to Huntsville in 1975, where he worked for a communications training firm. From 1997 to 2022, John worked for the Lanier Ford law firm. During his tenure, He served as Lanier Ford's law librarian, marketing specialist, trainer, and professional recruiter. While in college and law school, John worked in professional radio in Starkville and Oxford, Mississippi.