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Land Of 1000 Dances

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Obit of the Day: Half of the Horns

Andrew Love, saxophonist, and his trumpet partner, Mike Jackson, are as a familiar part of 1960s and 1970s R&B and soul as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Aretha Franklin, and Wilson Pickett….you just didn’t know it. The duo, who called themselves the “Memphis Horns,” would play on some of rock and roll’s greatest hits including “Soul Man,” “Dock of the Bay,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Land of 1000 Dances.”

The two met in Memphis and began playing together for Stax records, one of three labels that dominated soul/R&B in the ’60s along with Motown and Atlantic. Love and Jackson can be found on nearly every recording done by the label in the decade. They left Stax in 1969 and recorded with various artists amd labels for the next thirty years. Overall Love and Jackson performed with more than 30 members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and played on 14 Grammy-winning songs, 52 No. 1 hits and 113 Top 10 singles.

Andrew Love retired from the Horns in 2004 because of deteriorating health due to Alzheimer’s. The Memphis Horns were inducted into the Musicians’ Hall of Fame in 2008 and in 2012 they received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.

(Only in America is copyright 2009 Rhino Entertainment. OOTD chose “Land of 1000 Dances” not just because it’s a fantastic song but it also highlighted Love’s brilliant sax playing.)

In February 2012, OOTD featured Billy Strange, another inductee into the Musicians’ Hall of Fame as a member of the “Wrecking Crew.”

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