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Arguably the greatest soul horn section ever, the Memphis Horns were a critical part of the Stax formula during the '60s and '70s, as well as prolific contributors to numerous other sessions since the label's demise. Though today the name is identified with the duo of trumpeter Wayne Jackson and tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, the band at one time also included tenor saxophonist Ed Logan, trombonists Lewis Collins and Jack Hale, and baritone saxophonist James Mitchell. This was the lineup that recorded for RCA in the '70s, cutting LPs produced by Booker T. Jones and others. They also backed King Curtis and Aretha Franklin in the '70s. But they are best known for appearances on songs by virtually every Stax artist. The duo of Jackson and Love issued their own LP in 1992 for an independent label. Love was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2002 and died ten years later at his home in Memphis at the age of 70.
The Memphis Horns are an American horn section made famous by their many appearances on Stax Records. They have been called "arguably the greatest soul horn section ever." Originally a sextet, the Memphis Horns gradually slimmed down to a duo, Wayne Jackson on trumpet and Andrew Love (November 21, 1941 - April 12, 2012) on tenor saxophone.
The Memphis Horns appeared on nearly every recording for Stax that included a horn section — with Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Sam and Dave and others — as well as on other releases, including The Doobie Brothers' What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits and U2's Rattle and Hum, as well as a few solo records.
In the Seventies, they recorded with Al Green, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Don Harrison Band, and Stephen Stills. They toured with Stills in 1971. In the Eighties, they played behind Sting and Peter Gabriel.
In the 1980s and '90s Wayne and Andrew worked extensively with the blues outfit, The Robert Cray Band. They provided their trademark funky/soul horns backing to five of the band's albums: Strong Persuader (1986); Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1988); Midnight Stroll (1990); I Was Warned (1992); Sweet Potato Pie (1997).
In 1992, they released their own album Flame Out, produced by fellow Stax alumnus Terry Manning.
Following the retirement of Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson and another musician who had been working with Memphis Horns, Tom McGinley, continued to record on projects such as Neil Young's "Prairie Wind" (2005).
In 2007, Wayne Jackson reunited with former longtime member Jack Hale, reforming The Memphis Horns (also including McGinley) in order to join a supergroup of musical legends backing singer-songwriter Andrew Jon Thomson on his "All Star Superband" multi-album project.
In 2008, this line-up of Memphis Horns played on some songs on the Raconteurs record, Consolers of the Lonely. The same year the Memphis Horns recorded with Jack White (White Stripes, the Raconteurs) and Alicia Keys on the song "Another Way to Die," for the 22nd James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.
In 2012 the Memphis Horns received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding artistic significance in music.