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Memphis Horns' Andrew Love dies

Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love
Image caption The Memphis Horns played on dozens of hit songs

Saxophonist Andrew Love, who formed the award-winning Memphis Horns duo with trumpeter Wayne Jackson, has died aged 70 in Tennessee.

They played together on 52 number one records, backing up the likes of Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding.

They were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in February.

Willie Love said her husband died at his home on Thursday. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

"He played with such feeling. He played with grace, soul," Mrs Love said. "Andrew played notes from his heart."

Memphis Horns provided the horn tracks on dozens of well-known songs, including Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline, Presley's Suspicious Minds, Sam & Dave's Soul Man and Al Green's Let's Stay Together.

Other acts the duo worked with included Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers, U2, Jack White and Alicia Keys.

'Perfect together'

The Memphis Horns were a staple of much of the music made at Stax Records - considered one of the most important R&B and soul labels of the 1960s, along with Atlantic and Motown.

"I knew we would be perfect together," Wayne Jackson said in a statement on Friday.

"He had a big tone and I had a big tone, and I knew that they would blend in the most natural, beautiful way."

The collaboration and friendship between Love and Jackson - one black, the other white - also came to symbolise a transcendence over racial divisions throughout the South and beyond in the 1960s.

Memphis Horns were only the second instrumental backup group in history to receive the lifetime achievement Grammy honour.

In 2008, the pair were also inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame.

In addition to his wife, Love is survived by four children.

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