Floyd Newman is a saxophonist, session musician and bandleader. As a baritone sax player, he was long associated with Stax Records, and as a member of The Mar-Keyshorn section and the Memphis Horns.

Born in Memphis, in the late 1940s he became a member of the B.B. King Review, with, among others, George Coleman and George Joyner. Newman later moved to Detroit and recorded with Jackie Brenston,[1] and toured with Sam Cooke before returning to Memphis. Newman also led a band featuring Howard Grimes on drums, Joe Woods on guitar and Isaac Hayes on keyboards, and which performed at the Plantation Inn. This line-up also recorded a 45, “Frog Stomp”, co-written by Newman and Hayes. Newman and Hayes had previously coincided in Ben Branch’s house band at the Tropicana Club, with Hayes as a vocalist.[2]

As a member of the House horn section at Stax, in 1965 he would go on to become a founding member of the Memphis Horns, with Wayne Jackson and Gene "Bowlegs" Miller on trumpets, Floyd Newman on baritone sax and Andrew Love on tenor.


As leader/co-leader
  • "Frog Stomp"/"Sassy" (Stax)
As sideman


  1. ^ Bowman, Rob (1997) Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records, p. 26 At Google Books. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  2. ^ Guralnick, Peter (2002) Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom, pp. 50–53. Canongate Books At Google Books. Retrieved 30 August 2013.

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