LifeNotes: Memphis Horns Star Wayne Jackson Passes

Wayne Jackson. Photo:

Wayne Jackson. Photo:

Trumpeter Wayne Jackson, who won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 as one-half of the Memphis Horns, died on Tuesday night (June 21).

Jackson lived in Nashville and played on sessions in Music City during the 1980s. Along with fellow Memphis Horns player, saxophonist Andrew Love, Jackson performed on a reported 52 No. 1 songs, 83 million-selling albums, 116 Top 10 records and 15 Grammy-winning records.

Among the stars they recorded with were Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Neil Diamond, U2, Billy Joel, Peter Gabriel, Sam & Dave, Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Otis Redding and Jack White. The trumpet star also toured with Jimmy Buffett, Rod Stewart, The Doobie Brothers and Joe Cocker.

Jackson and Love were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2008. Love died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in 2012.

Wayne Jackson died in a Memphis hospital of congestive heart failure, according to his widow Amy Jackson. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.


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