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Memphis Horns saxophonist Andrew Love dead at 70

(WMC-TV) - The Memphis music community is mourning the loss of a legend. Saxophonist Andrew Love was one half of the duo The Memphis Horns. He passed away Thursday night at the age of 70.

It was a marriage of Memphis music magic.

"Me and Andrew had fun from the very beginning to today," said Wayne Jackson.

For more than 40 years, Love and trumpeter Wayne Jackson performed as the dynamic duo known as The Memphis Horns.

"His tone matched my tone; we never had to worry about it," said Jackson. "We sounded like three horns. We couldn't help it. That's the way we played. I don't know if I'll ever find that again."

Love and Jackson created musical masterpieces with artists like Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and many others.

"I don't believe you could plan it and I don't know who you'd ask to help you do it," he said. "It just came out of us. Our personalities and who were just clicked."

With 83 gold records to their name, their awards are too numerous to mention. But their most recent, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, was given to them this past February.

And as Jackson remembers 40 years of musical bliss, he says it would have never been possible without the signature sounds of Love.

"If you could imagine the best guy, your best friend and best guy, it'd be Andrew," Jackson said. "He was a wonderful person."

"The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is saddened by the passing of one of Stax Records' and the world's most important musical artists, Andrew Love, who along with Wayne Jackson, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year for their tremendous body of work as the Memphis Horns," said a statement from Stax. "Stax Records may never have enjoyed the success it achieved without Andrew. He was a kind, talented man who lived a fascinating and very important life and made a difference in the world in many ways. Our thoughts are with his wife Willie and his entire family, as well as with Wayne and Amy Jackson and Andrew's millions of fans."

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church at the corner of Vance and Lauderdale on Friday, April 20.

A memorial service will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church.

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