Wednesday, June 22, 2016


The Memphis Horns are silent. Awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2012, Andrew Love (tenor sax), who died in April 2012, has been joined on the other side by his longtime partner in R&B, trumpeter Wayne Jackson. Closely associated with Stax-Volt Records and known as the greatest soul horn section in history, The Memphis Horns began as a sextet. In the crack Stax session band The Mar-Keys. They eventually distilled over the years to a duo and performed on recordings by an array of leading artists, including Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers, U2 and Jack White.

Wherever you went, you couldn't avoid their outstanding sound. The Memphis Horns played together on 52 No. 1 records and 83 gold and platinum records: Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay," Aretha Franklin's "Respect," Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds," Sam & Dave's "Soul Man," Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," Steve Winwood's "Roll With It," Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," and U2's "Angel of Harlem." What a resume!

Another Memphis brother, who used the Horns on some of his best recordings.

Jackson's wife Amy recalled that in his Grammy Award acceptance speech Wayne said, "It's been a dance of love between me and that trumpet."

I know I sure loved that sound.

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