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WAYNE JACKSON



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Waynz was born in Memphis and raised in West Memphis, Arkansas, Wayne's love of music began with a guitar. .His mother came home with a trumpet for her eleven-year-old son.

He played in the junior high and senior high bands. In the 12th grade, he found himself playing with a group called The Mar-Keys. They had a number one instrumental smash called, "Last Night." It was 1961.
What followed was a magical ride making music history with Otis, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Eddie Floyd, Albert King and the rest of the Stax Records roster. In 1969, Wayne and saxophonist Andrew Love, incorporated as The Memphis Horns and began offering their signature sound to artists around the world. Wayne found himself in the studio with a host of stars such as Elvis, Neil Diamond, B.J. Thomas, James Taylor, Al Green, Aretha Franklin and out on the road touring with Stephen Stills, Rod Stewart and The Doobie Brothers.

In the mid-Eighties Peter Gabriel called, and Wayne's work on "Sledgehammer" catapulted him back on top of rock and roll. From that day through this day, Wayne has been in the studio with Neil Young, U2, Billy Joel, Steve Winwood, Bonnie Raitt, Sting, Jack White, Lenny Kravitz, Collective Soul, just to name a few, and on the road with Stephen Stills, The Doobie Brothers, Joe Cocker, Jimmy Buffett, Robert Cray, Luther Allison.

Wayne just completed his second of four books about his life and adventures entitled, "In My Wildest Dreams - A Collection of Rock & Roll Tales Volume Two." He also writes songs for Sweet Medicine Music, the publishing company he formed with his wife, Amy.

The Memphis Horns - Wayne Jackson & Andrew Love - received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest award in the Recording Industry, on February 2012, at the Special Merits Awards Ceremony in LA.

 

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