Andrew Love, a celebrated saxophonist born on November 21, 1941, was a cornerstone of the Memphis Horns, a legendary horn section that left an indelible mark on the music industry, particularly through their work at Stax Records.
Love’s musical journey began in his father’s Baptist church and continued through his high school and university years at Langston University in Oklahoma. Returning to Memphis in 1965, he began session work at Stax where he teamed up with trumpet player Wayne Jackson. Together, they created a signature horn sound at Stax, contributing to hit records by artists like Otis Redding and Sam & Dave. This partnership evolved into the Memphis Horns, a formidable duo that went on to record with a range of artists, including Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, and Dusty Springfield, and toured with The Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, and Robert Cray, among others.
Al Bell, co-owner of Stax Records, once said about Love, “I have never heard a saxophone player who affects and penetrates me like Andrew Love. It was the spirit in him, and you could feel it in the music. He could arouse your deepest emotions, but he would do it gently, softly. It was like he was making love to your soul.” This statement encapsulates the profound emotional impact and soulful depth of Love’s saxophone playing.
Their sound contributed to 83 gold and platinum awards and over one hundred high-charting records. Among their most notable contributions were to Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” and Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds“.
Andrew Love’s tenure with the Memphis Horns at Stax Records stands as a testament to his remarkable talent and the enduring impact of his music. His work not only defined the sound of numerous iconic songs but also influenced generations of musicians and listeners alike.