|Death: ||Feb. 28, 2010|
Clayton Love, a St. Louis blues and R&B pianist and singer who played in Ike Turner's band before moving on to a solo career, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010.
He was 82.
Mr. Love was born in 1927 in Mattson, Miss., and grew up in Clarksdale, Miss. He served in the Navy during World War II, he attended Alcorn A&M, now Alcorn State University, in Mississippi. He graduated in 1949.
His recording career began with his band, the Shufflers, which recorded for Trumpet Records, based in Jackson, Miss., in 1951. His recordings included "Susie" and "Shufflin' With Love."
He moved to St. Louis in the 1950s. In the mid-'50s, Mr. Love was a member of Turner's legendary Kings of Rhythm band and was showcased on songs such as "The Big Question," "Do You Mean It" and "She Made My Blood Run Cold."
By 1958, he branched out to record his own singles for the St. Louis-based Bobbin Records, with songs such as "Limited Love".
Mr. Love received a master's degree in 1972 from the University of St. Louis and taught general education at several elementary schools in the St. Louis School District, including Bryan Hill and Jefferson. He also was an administrator at Vashon High School.
A wake will be held be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peters AME Church, followed immediately by a funeral service.
Among the survivors are his wife Joyce Love of St. Louis; son Greyling Love of Atlanta; daughters Cheryl Love, Joann Johnson, Gail Love and Mia Love, all of St. Louis; sister Mildred Chavers of Clarksdale; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Love, and a daughter, Kathy Jones.
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Oakville (St. Louis County)
St. Louis County
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