Andrew Love of Memphis Horns dead at 70

April 14, 2012 at 11:22 AM
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MEMPHIS, Calif., April 14 (UPI) -- Andrew Love, the Grammy-winning saxophonist who was half of the venerable Memphis Horns duo, died this week at the age of 70, his widow said.

Love suffered from Alzheimer's disease, which was revealed publicly earlier this year.

Love and his partner, trumpeter Wayne Jackson, worked together for some 50 years as the Memphis Horns, providing studio backing on hundreds of records and working with the major Motown stars, Elvis Presley, Neil Young and U2.

The Los Angeles Times said Love and Jackson earned a reputation of producing a solid sound that producers could rely on.

"If you call the Memphis Horns, you know what you're going to get," musician Booker T. Jones told the Times. "Solid horn lines and warm, flowing harmonies to accentuate the vocals or highlight the melody."

The Horns played on 14 Grammy winning songs over their career as well as 52 No. 1 hits. They performed with 30 musicians and groups that went on to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Times said.

Love and Jackson were honored in February with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy for their body of work.

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