Wayne & Andrew
The Memphis Horns® are the quintessential Memphis music combination – Andrew Love, tall, black and as mellow as one of his tenor solos; Wayne Jackson, short, white and as intense as one of his trumpet blasts. Together they were reared in all that Memphis music had to offer.
Wayne got his start across the River in his hometown of West Memphis, Arkansas, strumming the guitar and singing in childhood talent shows. Andrew began his career playing “Amazing Grace” in Memphis’ Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, where his father, Roy, was the preacher. Wayne took up trumpet after his mother gave him one at age 11 and began playing in the junior and senior high school school bands. From there, the two future partners’ lives moved along parallel lines.
By the beginning of the 60s, Wayne was playing with a group called, The Mar-Keys. A hit instrumental, “Last Night,” landed The Mar-Keys at the top of the charts, and Wayne toured the country in a group that included Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Packy Axton, Terry Johnson, Ronnie Angel and Don Nix.
Meanwhile, Andrew was doing sessions at Willie Mitchell’s Hi Records. But one day at Al Jackson’s (drummer for Booker T. & The MGs) suggestion, he brought his sax to Stax. “I remember the first time we played together,” says Andrew. “I loved how our tones blended and so did Wayne. We had a unique sound.”
Had the duo never played another note after their time at Stax, their place in music history would have been just as secure as Elvis’ would have been had he never recorded after leaving Sun. They appeared on virtually every Stax recording, backing Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Carla & Rufus Thomas and a host of others.
When not in a Stax session, they could be found recording at Hi Records and American Studio or burning up the highway from Memphis to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where they recorded with a Who’s Who of Southern Soul including Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett.
In 1967, they toured Europe with the Stax/Volt Revue and helped Otis Redding steal the show at the Monterey Pop Festival. For Wayne and Andrew, it was a turning point. “On the drive back to San Francisco to catch the plane home to Memphis, Andrew and I decided that maybe we really could make a living at this,” says Wayne. “It was a revelation. Up until then, we wondered each year what we would do when this was over. And now it seemed like it was going to stretch on forever.”
In 1969, after being told by Stax that they could no longer work at other studios, only exclusively at Stax, they declined to do so. They left the house band payroll and incorporated as The Memphis Horns, offering their services to anyone whose music needed a serious shot of Memphis soul, and lines began forming.
Elvis, Al Green, Stephen Stills, Rod Stewart, The Doobie Brothers, Joe Cocker, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, U2, Jimmy Buffett, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Robert Cray and hundreds of others have since worked with the men who made up the R&B horn section that provided the model for all others to follow.
In 2004, Andrew retired due to Alzheimer’s disease, and Wayne has carried on The Memphis Horns’ legacy, lending his arranging, recording and performing expertise to a host of artists including Neil Young, Jack White and The Raconteurs, Tony Joe White and Buddy Guy.
In 2008, Wayne and Andrew were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame.
Also, that year, Wayne was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.
On February 12,2012, Wayne and Andrew received the highest award in their industry – the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences.
On April 12, 2012, Andrew Love passed away at home from complications of Alzheimer’s. Says Wayne, “How fortuitous of God to have put the two of us together. The first time I heard Andrew was at the Manhattan Club in Memphis with the Willie Mitchell Band. I knew we would be perfect together. He had a big tone, and I had a big tone. I knew that they would blend in the most natural, beautiful way. We loved to laugh together. We laughed and traveled all over the world together making records and touring with artists of all genres. Andrew and I knew we were blessed beyond most people. We got to do what we loved everyday and share our unique gifts. I miss him.”
Wayne’s personal web site www.waynejacksonmusic.com is loaded with additional information.