Harrison Calloway

Jazz, R&B, Pop Trumpet Muscle Shoals Horns

Born: Chattanooga, TN

Lived in: Muscle Shoals, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Biography by Steve Huey

Achieving his greatest success as a member of the Muscle Shoals Horns, trumpet player Harrison Calloway also doubles on keyboards. His songwriting and arranging skills were in evidence even during his college years, when he wrote a new fight song for the University of Tennessee. In addition to recording with the Horns, Calloway wrote and arranged for various soul and blues artists and labels around the South during the '90s and into the new millennium.

Malaco arranger, Harrison Calloway, was inducted in the Mississippi Jazz Foundation on December 11, 2009, at the Alamo Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi. This induction was awarded to Mr. Calloway for his outstanding work in the field of music education.

Sources: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/harrison-calloway-p61834 and http://malacorecords.blogspot.com/2009/10/harrison-calloway-nominated-for.html

Muscle Shoals Horns

Beginning as part of the Fame Gang, a loose knit group of session musicians who worked under the direction of Rick Hall at Fame Recording studio, the Muscle Shoals Horns soon earned their separate identity by performing on many recordings made at a variety of studios in the Muscle Shoals area.

Originally composed of Harvey Thompson, saxophone, Ronnie Eades, baritone saxophone, Harrison Calloway, trumpet and Aaron Varnell, trombone, in the late 60s, the group solidified in 1970 when Charles Rose filled the spot vacated by Varnell. The lineup remained together until the mid-80s, adding a variety of specialist from time to time.

While primarily a studio horn section, the Muscle Shoals Horns toured extensively with Elton John in the mid-70s, playing on the famed "Philadelphia Freedom" recording, which also featured John Lennon.

Later in the 70s, the horn section released three albums of their own compositions which capitalized on the disco dance craze, and they formed a band which toured opening for groups such as Parliament-Funkadelic, as well as headlining shows in smaller venues.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Video: Muscle Shoals Horns: Can't Break The Habit


iTunes: Solid Gold from Muscle Shoals (Expanded Edition) - The Fame Gang

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