By Preston Love
Preston Love's resume reads like a who is Who of yank song: member of the count number Basie Band in the course of its heyday within the 40s, studio musician in la, cohort of Jo Jones, Lester younger, Ray Charles, and Dizzy Gillespie, and back-up participant for Marvin Gaye, the enticements, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and Stevie ask yourself. during this autobiography Love indicates that, whereas the tune facilities of latest York, New Orleans, Chicago, and Kansas urban nurtured the improvement of these uniquely African American types, jazz and the Motown sound, major contributions have been additionally being made via territory bands tirelessly acting in outposts like St. Cloud, Minnesota, Guthrie, Oklahoma, and Honey Creek, Iowa.It used to be within the latter city the place Love, a 15-year-old from the black ghetto of Omaha, made his musical debut. Captivated via the candy alto sax sounds of Earle Warren, Love took up the software and inside of a decade was once sitting in Warren's chair. yet Love's own odyssey is greater than a chronicle of never-ending bus rides, undesirable crowds in backwater golf equipment, and feast-or-famine funds continued en path to the head. In a particular and passionate voice he outlines major elements of African American background: the relevant value of the kinfolk in musical improvement, institutional racism in American pop culture, and the interracial nature of the song global. He additionally describes the expansion of the song undefined, particularly Motown, what he calls "the strong colossus from Detroit." Love's tale, informed with uncanny reminiscence and unfailing honesty, presents an incredible view into the occupation of a musician and the evolution of a huge musical shape.
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It became the gathering place for most of the neighborhood youths because each of us nine children had his or her circle of friends and Page 4 playmates. Daytimes, with Mex away at work, the order of the household was entrusted to Sonny, the oldest child in the family, who was fourteen years my senior. Household chores were delegated to my sister Laura, who is ten years older than me. The Love Mansion was a constant bedlam of activity that subsided only temporarily for the dinner break when all of the gang went home for their evening meal.
Preston the Bandleader, Part 2 124 7. My Years with Motown 149 8. Basie Revisited 182 9. Perspectives 215 Index 259 Page vii Illustrations Preston Love, ten years old 3 Preston's sister Phylis Love 6 Mexie Love 11 Tommy "Dude" Love 14 Preston Love, high school graduation picture 18 Preston in Omaha, age twenty-one 20 Lucky Millinder's reed section at the Plantation Club, Watts, December 1944 27 Preston Love playing behind "Mr. , Santa Monica, California, 1952 99 Preston Love and Dennis Lyles, Denver, 1953 106 Marshall Royal, Preston Love, Betty Love, and Count Basie, Denver, 1953 129 Preston Love and His Orchestra, South Dakota State University, 1955 135 Stretch job #1, 1954 140 Johnny Otis and Preston Love, Los Angeles, 1962 154 Preston Love and Aretha Franklin, Los Angeles Forum, 1968 159 IRS Form 1099: Record of payment of work for Diana Ross and the Supremes 165 Preston Love and his string section, backing Aretha Franklin, 1968 168 Backing Marvin Gaye, Hollywood, 1967 170 Backing Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Los Angeles, 1967 176 Backing Tammi Terrell, Los Angeles, 1967 178 Page viii Preston Love and Count Basie, 1975 183 Preston Love, 1983 186 Jo Jones, Preston Love, and Michael De Silva, Paris, November 1983 190 Jam session at Meridien Hotel Jazz Club, 1983 199 Preston Love and his daughter Portia Love, Creighton University, May 9, 1992 205 The Preston Love Orchestra at the Bistro 208 Preston Love's son Norman Love 256 Page ix Foreword Norman Love Many of my dad's older musician friends have seemed reluctant to accept and realize his enormous contribution to first alto sax big-band playing since he first joined Count Basie on lead sax in 1943.
I was born at 1610 North Twenty-eighth Street in April of 1921, the youngest of nine children. At the time of my birth, my mother, Mexie Love, was a widow, forty-one years old. Mex, as my mother was known, was a gritty little Texan, and she set out valiantly to support her nine "stair-step" children by doing day work five days a week without the help or presence of a husband Page 3 Preston Love, ten years old in 1931, in front of "The Mansion" at 1610 North Twenty-eighth Street in Omaha. or any other man.
A thousand Honey Creeks later: my life in music from Basie to Motown-- and beyond by Preston Love