“The Mark Twain of Rock and Roll!”
— Laura, Memphis reader
"Take 1" opens during a recording session at Sting’s where Wayne began to get the idea for the book, and then goes back to his youth in West Memphis, Arkansas, where he blew his way out of the cotton patch and across the river to Memphis, into the pages of music history. Featuring stories from the beginning of his magical career, "Take 1" is a wild and fun ride through the 1960s as Wayne recalls his start with the Mar-Keys (of "Last Night" fame), his years as a member of the Stax Records house band and his early friendship with lifelong saxophone partner, Andrew Love. He takes the reader behind the scenes of the famous 1967 Stax/Volt tour and into the recording studio with Elvis, Otis Redding and more. From the Monterey Pop Festival to the frenetic Memphis studio scene of the Sixties, you’ll think you were there. "In My Wildest Dreams – Take 1" is truly an All Access Pass to the backstage of 1960s music history.
"Take 2" picks up as the wild ride continues through the backstage of music history in the 1970s. Wayne and Andrew Love have just incorporated as the Memphis Horns when the phone rings. What follows is a whirlwind adventure through the top of rock and roll on tours with Stephen Stills, Rod Stewart, the Doobie Brothers and in the studio with the cream of the crop. If you have never had the thrill of performing on stage with Aretha Franklin, hanging out with John Wayne or flying Bob Hope in a Learjet, now is your chance! There will be high times, low times and plenty of laughs in between!
"Take 3" picks up in the Eighties as Wayne adjusts to his new life in Nashville, trading in limos and rock and roll for a billybus and state fair grounds on tour with country music legend Marty Robbins. But the phone rings, and once again, he is catapulted back on top with his unforgettable horn lines on Peter Gabriel’s groundbreaking song, "Sledgehammer." What follows is a wild ride through the top of the music business as he recalls stories from his days on tour with Jimmy Buffett and Robert Cray, his Italian stardom and his whirlwind adventures back home in Nashville and Memphis. From performing on the Grand Ole Opry, to recording with Neil Young, to accepting the Grammy, you will think you were there.