Andrew Love, 70, a tenor saxophonist who formed the award-winning Memphis Horns duo with trumpeter Wayne Jackson and played behind the royalty of soul, rock, pop and R&B, died April 12 at his home in Memphis.
His wife, Willie Love, told the Associated Press that her husband had Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr. Love was best known for his work with Jackson as the Memphis Horns. The two were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in February, only the second instrumental backup group in history to receive the honor.
Mr. Love, who was black, and Jackson, who is white, played together on 52 No. 1 records and 83 gold and platinum records, according to Memphis-based Stax Records. They backed Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Neil Diamond, Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers, U2, Jack White and Alicia Keys, among other music acts.
The Memphis Horns provided the horn tracks on dozens of well-known songs, including Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Presley’s “Suspicious Minds,” Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man,” Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” and Steve Winwood’s “Roll With It.”
Jackson said he first heard Mr. Love play at the Manhattan Club with the Willie Mitchell band. They were first paired together as part of the Stax Records’ Mar-Key Horns.
“I knew we would be perfect together,” Jackson said in a statement. “He had a big tone and I had a big tone, and I knew that they would blend in the most natural, beautiful way.”
Mr. Love and Jackson also backed Otis Redding with Booker T. & the MGs at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival.