Last week, Memphis lost one of its great players in the person of Wayne Jackson, the trumpet half of the Memphis Horns, at age 74.
In addition to his rightfully famous work with Stax legends such as Otis Redding and Sam & Dave, Jackson and his partner Andrew Love (who passed away in 2012) were prolific session musicians who spread the gospel of Memphis music worldwide. Take, for example, this song, the theme to the 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace, where Jackson backed Alicia Keys and Jack White.
Here's Wayne playing with Neil Young in 2005.
The Memphis Horns filled out the sound for Steve Winwood in this #1 smash that was inescapable in 1988.
That same year, when U2 came to Memphis to record at Sun Studios for their Rattle and Hum album, they called Jackson and Love.
What's that you say? This list needs more Peter Gabriel? Wayne helped out on his biggest hit.
Here's Wayne and Andrew playing Late Night With David Letterman, accompanying Robert Cray.
In 1977, they appeared on this number one hit...
...and recorded this solo album:
And all that without even touching the seminal work they did with Memphis artists like Al Green...
...or Ann Peebles.
So let us toast to the work of a Memphis legend, evidence of a life well lived.
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