Wayne Jackson, a standout trumpeter who played on rock-and-roll, soul, R&B and pop mainstays with Memphis Horns partner and tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, died June 21 at a hospital in Memphis. He was 74.
The cause was congestive heart failure, said his wife, Amy.
The two musicians — the Memphis Horns — performed on recordings by numerous top-shelf artists, and they were given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2012. At the time, they were only the second instrumental backup group in history to receive that honor. Love died in April 2012.
Love and Mr. Jackson played together on 52 No. 1 records and 83 gold and platinum records, according to Memphis-based Stax Records. They backed Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, U2, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers, Jack White, Alicia Keys and many other pop music acts.
The Memphis Horns could sound wistful and romantic on one song, boisterous and up-tempo on another. Well-known songs for which they provided horn tracks include Redding’s “The 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.”
Wayne Lamar Jackson was born in Memphis on Nov. 24, 1941, and he grew up across the Mississippi River in West Memphis, Ark., according to his website.
On his website, he recalled that his mother gave him a trumpet when he was 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.
Mr. Jackson said he first heard Love play at the Manhattan Club with bandleader Willie Mitchell’s band. “I knew we would be perfect together,” Mr. 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 as part of the Stax Records’ Mar-Keys, which backed most of Stax’s catalogue of artists. They played behind Rufus and Carla Thomas, among others.
In 1969, Mr. Jackson and Love formed the Memphis Horns. Mr. Jackson later moved to Nashville and spent three years traveling with country music performer Marty Robbins, according to Mr. Jackson’s website.
In 2008, Mr. Jackson and Love were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. Mr. Jackson also wrote three books.
A complete list of survivors was not immediately available.
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