Wayne Jackson (musician)

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Wayne Jackson
Birth name Wayne Lamar Jackson
Born (1941-11-24)November 24, 1941
West Memphis, Arkansas, U.S.
Died June 21, 2016(2016-06-21) (aged 74)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Rhythm & blues, soul
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Trumpet
Years active 1961–2016
Labels Stax
Associated acts Memphis Horns

Wayne Lamar Jackson[1] (November 24, 1941 – June 21, 2016)[2] was an American soul and R&B musician, playing the trumpet in the Mar-Keys, in the house band at Stax Records and later as one of The Memphis Horns, described as "arguably the greatest soul horn section ever".[3][4]

Jackson was born in West Memphis, Arkansas just a few days apart from his musical partner Andrew Love[5][6] with whom he created the signature horn sound at Stax on hit records by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and others.

After the years recording at Stax, they incorporated themselves into The Memphis Horns and began freelancing, recording on sessions for such artists as Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Al Green, and Dusty Springfield. The duo also toured with The Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Robert Cray, and numerous other performers.

In 2012, the Memphis Horns received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding artistic significance in music.[7]

Jackson died on June 21, 2016 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis of congestive heart failure. His death came after several years of failing health during which he still maintained an active schedule earning an income by giving personalized guided tours at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. He was 74.[6]


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