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The Memphis Horns

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The Memphis Horns are an American horn section made famous by their many appearances on Stax Records. They have been called “arguably the greatest soul horn section ever.”
Originally comprised of about eight musicians, the Memphis Horns gradually slimmed down to a duo, Wayne Jackson on trumpet and Andrew Love on tenor saxophone.
The Memphis Horns appeared on nearly every recording for Stax — with Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Sam & Dave and others — as well as on other releases, including a few solo records, The Doobie Brothers’ What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits and U2’s Rattle and Hum.

In the 1980s and 90s Wayne and Andrew worked extensively with the blues outfit, The Robert Cray Band. They provided their trademark funky/soul horns backing to five of the band’s albums: Strong Persuader (1986); Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1988); Midnight Stroll (1990); I Was Warned (1992); Sweet Potato Pie (1997). They delighted audiences by returning with the Cray band to the scenes of their original successes of the 1960s, especially to the UK, where they had been so rapturously received, well in advance of their acceptance in the USA.
In 1992, they released their own acclaimed album “Flame Out,” produced by fellow Stax alumnus Terry Manning.

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