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Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns dies aged 74

Published 22/06/2016

Jackson was one half of the Memphis Horns
Jackson was one half of the Memphis Horns

Trumpet player Wayne Jackson, who formed one half of the famed Memphis Horns with partner and tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, has died aged 74.

Amy Jackson said her husband died of congestive heart failure on Tuesday night at a hospital, with her by his side.

Jackson and Love played stand-out horn lines on rock and roll, soul, R&B and pop mainstays performed by artists like Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond and U2.

Jackson and Love - The Memphis Horns - were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2012, only the second instrumental back-up group in history to receive this honour at the time.

Love died in April 2012.

Love, who was black, and Jackson, who was white, played together on 52 number one records and 83 gold and platinum records, according to Memphis-based Stax Records.

Amy Jackson said her husband received his first gold record in 1961 and his last in 2005.

The duo backed up Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Neil Diamond, Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers, U2, Jack White, Alicia Keys and many other American pop music acts.

The Memphis Horns could sound wistful and romantic on one song, boisterous and up-tempo on another.

They provided the horn tracks on dozens of well-known songs, including Redding's Dock of the Bay, Franklin's Respect, Diamond's Sweet Caroline, 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.

Jackson was born in Memphis and was raised across the Mississippi River in West Memphis, Arkansas, according to his website.

He described the time when his mother gave him a trumpet at age 11.

"I opened up the case, and it smelled like oil and brass. I loved that, so I put it together, blew, and out came a pretty noise," he said.

Jackson said he first heard Love play at the Manhattan Club with the Willie Mitchell band.

"I knew we would be perfect together," Jackson said in a statement released after Love died.

"He had a big tone and I had a big tone, and I knew that they would blend in the most natural, beautiful way."

They were first paired together as part of the Stax Records' Mar-Keys, which backed most of Stax's catalog of artists. They played behind Redding, Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas and Carla Thomas, among others.

In 1969, Jackson and Love formed the Memphis Horns. Jackson later moved to Nashville and spent three years travelling with country music performer Marty Robbins, according to Jackson's website.

In 2008, Jackson and Love were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. Jackson also wrote three books.

AP

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