The Memphis Horns are the quintessential Memphis music combination, Andrew Love, tall, black and as mellow as one of his tenor solos; Wayne Jackson, short, white and as intense as one of his trumpet blasts. Together they were reared in all that Memphis music had to offer. Wayne got his start across the River in his hometown of West Memphis, Arkansas, strumming the guitar and singing in childhood talent shows. Andrew began his career playing “Amazing Grace” in Memphis’ Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, where his father, Roy, was the preacher. Wayne took up trumpet after his mother gave him one at age 11 and began playing in the junior and senior high school bands. From there, the two future partners’ lives moved along parallel lines.
By the beginning of the 60s, Wayne was playing with a group called, The Mar-Keys. A hit instrumental, “Last Night,” landed The Mar-Keys at the top of the charts, and Wayne toured the country in a group that included Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Packy Axton, Terry Johnson, Ronnie Angel and Don Nix.
Meanwhile, Andrew was doing sessions at Willie Mitchell’s Hi Records. But one day at Al Jackson’s (drummer for Booker T. & The MGs) suggestion, he brought his sax to Stax. “I remember the first time we played together,” says Andrew. “I loved how our tones blended and so did Wayne. We had a unique sound.”
They appeared on virtually ever Stax recording, backing Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Carla & Rufus Thomas and a host of others.