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Friday, 3 July 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. I wrote a book on retailing, on dealing with job losses and a biography of Stephen Boyd.

This is a series of very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.

Apropos of Nothing #76 – 3 July 2007

Homer Louis ‘Boots’ Randolph III died at 80 on 3 July, 2007.

He is most famous for his foot-tapping saxophone hit Yakety Sax, which (for better or worse) became more famous as comedian Benny Hill’s TV theme tune.

As well as saxophone, Randolph also played trombone and a percussion instrument known as a vibraphone.

He played in concerts and on records alongside some of the biggest names in the business.  That’s his playing you hear on Elvis Presley’s Return to Sender, on Roy Orbison’s Mean Woman Blues and Rocking Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee.

Yakety Sax was inspired by the Lieber and Stoller song Yakety Yak, a number one hit for The Coasters in 1958.

Sources: Various

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