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Honoring The Memphis Horns

Rep. Marsha Blackburn

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Mr. Speaker, whether you find yourself sitting on the Dock of the Bay, with Sweet Caroline, Takin' It to the Streets, or talking to the Son of a Preacher Man, chances are you've heard the soulful and intense blasts of the Memphis Horns. Music is the very rhythm of our culture, and in the Tennessee 7th, we champion the sounds and cultural treasures of our community. I rise today to honor one great treasure: The Memphis Horns.

Each from simple but musically enriched beginnings, Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love were more than the trumpet and the saxophone behind the Memphis Horns. Playing at the beginning for the greats: Elvis, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, the Horns made a name for themselves as the blended tones of Memphis. From the 1960s on, the Horns played for anyone who needed that unique shot of Memphis soul. Including The Doobie Brothers, Peter Gabriel, U2, Jimmy Buffett, B.B. King, and Willie Nelson, The Memphis Horns are the very notes of the south.

When they first came together to form their sound, Love and Jackson wondered what they would do each year when the tour stopped. As they released their final project, the Memphis Horns need never to worry what they will do next. As members of the Musicians' Hall of Fame winner, their place is noted in America's history. As one of the great sounds of Memphis, their place is secure in America's hearts. Their legacy is a permanent part of our musical soul and their unique sound and uplifting notes will be trumpeted for a great long while. I ask my colleagues to join with me and celebrate the quintessential Memphis Horns as they receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.