Wayne Jackson was born on November 24, 1941, and died on June 21, 2016, in West Memphis, Arkansas.
He was was an American soul and R&B musician, playing the trumpet in the Mar-Keys, in the house band at Stax Records and later as one of The Memphis Horns, “arguably the greatest soul horn section ever”.
Along with Andrew Love, Wayne created the signature horn sound at Stax on hit records by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and others.
He spent years recording at Stax, they incorporated themselves into The Memphis Horns and began freelancing, recording on sessions for such artists as Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Al Green, and Dusty Springfield.
Together they toured with The Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Robert Cray, and numerous other performers.
During 2012, the Memphis Horns received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding artistic significance in music.
Jackson died at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis of congestive heart failure.
For several years he faced a declining health during which he still maintained an active schedule earning an income by giving personalized guided tours at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
Wayne Jackson passed away at 74 years old.