- - Monday, December 26, 2011

Memphis Horns to receive lifetime Grammy

They have graced hundreds of recordings, colored hits for artists including Elvis Presley and U2, and helped to shape the sound of Stax Records.

Now, the Memphis Horns are being recognized with a Grammy.

The Grammys’ Recording Academy announced last week that the Memphis Horns — trumpeter Wayne Jackson and saxophonist Andrew Love — will be among the recipients of its annual Lifetime Achievement Award in February.

They will join a class of honorees that includes Diana Ross, the Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell and George Jones.

The Memphis Horns will receive the honor Feb. 11 at the Grammy Special Merit Award ceremonies in Los Angeles. They also will be recognized during the Grammy telecast the following evening.

“We got a call … from [Neil Portnow], the president of Grammys, and he told me he was really proud to be talking to me, and that we were going to be getting a Lifetime Achievement Award,” Mr. Jackson said. “Man, hearing that — it rung my bell so hard I didn’t sleep all night. We’re so excited. It’s an unbelievable honor.”

The Horns came to prominence in the 1960s for their work as part of the house band at Stax Records. Their signature arrangements and style would help distinguish the songs of Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd and Isaac Hayes, among others.

After leaving Stax in 1969, the pair continued to be highly sought-after players, working with Aretha Franklin, James Taylor and Rod Stewart. In the ‘80s and ‘90s they played with Sting, Peter Gabriel and Robert Cray as well as recording several albums of their own.

Over the years, the Memphis Horns have played on more than 15 Grammy-nominated tracks, “but this will be the first time we’re being recognized,” Mr. Jackson said.

Mr. Jackson remains an in-demand session and road player, having recorded with Neil Young in recent years. Mr. Love retired from performing in 2004 because of health problems.

Filming of Stallone movie said to have harmed bats

Bat experts have slammed the recent filming of a Sylvester Stallone movie in a Bulgarian cave, saying thousands of the mammals had suffered from the Hollywood treatment, Agence France-Presse reports.

“Several thousand bats are missing from the Devetashka cave since our latest count in January when the visible colonies numbered 33,800 bats,” Boyan Petrov of the Museum of Natural History said Thursday.

A rough count after the filming of the star-studded Hollywood action blockbuster “The Expendables 2” in November found only about 8,500 bats.

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