Iconic Memphis Horns duo turns 70

(WMC-TV) - Two of Memphis' most revered musicians turn 70 this week, but that number does not come close to the number of hits produced by the charter members of the legendary Memphis Horns.

Trumpeter Wayne Jackson and his musical partner, saxophonist Andrew Love, make up one of the most sought after horn sections in the world.

Their sound made it on to 83 gold records, countless other recordings and stages across the globe.

After more than 50 years in the business, their music keeps coming.  Jackson and Love are celebrating their 70th birthdays with the release of their new album "Perkin' It Up," a digital collection of new instrumentals.

Their prolific career began in the early 1960s while in the house band on virtually every Stax recording, including the likes of Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding.  In 1969, they incorporated as the Memphis Horns.

They went on to record their own music, as well as lend their trademark sound to artists like Neil Diamond, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, Al Green and Elvis Presley.

In the decades that followed, they performed on pop and rock songs from artists like U2 and Peter Gabriel.

Jackson is still playing.  He has written two books and is working on a third.

"I don't feel any different than I ever have really," said Jackson.  "I feel good."

The pair said they are grateful for a lifetime of music that has exceeded their wildest dreams.

Love turned 70 on November 21.  He recently retired due to health reasons.  Jackson said he is not ready to retire and is happiest when he is working.

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