Floyd Newman


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Musician, Saxophonist

Floyd Newman is among the most noted studio musicians from the early days of Stax Records in Memphis. As a saxophonist, Floyd became an integral part of the studio band at Stax Records known as the Mar-Keys.  He was also a member of the famed Memphis Horns group, which was formed by Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love.  Floyd’s professional career began as a member of BB King’s band in the late 1940s and included tour and recording dates with the likes of Jackie Brenston and Sam Cooke.  On record, Floyd can be heard playing behind Booker T. & the MGs, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes and countless others.  Floyd’s incredible career highlights also include recording with Otis Redding and notably was on the last session with Otis in 1967, which yielded the classic “Dock of the Bay.”