R.I.P. Lee Andrews

Lee Andrews of the Philadelphia doo-wop group Lee Andrews & The Hearts passed yesterday at the age of 79. Andrews and Hearts were successful in the 1950’s with “Teardrops” “Try The Impossible” and “Long Lonely Nights.” The group broke-up in 1959 but Andrews and a different lineup of the group made one recording and toured until 1968. In the ’70’s, Andrews formed Congress Alley which included his wife Jaqui Andrews. The couple is also known for being the parents of Amir “Questlove” Thompson, co-founder of The Roots and singer Donn T. Questlove paid tribute to his father on Instagram and thanked him for all the life lessons and hoped that he and his sister Donn made him proud.

The Greatest Teacher in my life, my dad Lee Andrews June 2nd 1936-March 16 2016. I love you. For every backstage experience. For every drum lesson. For giving me your tireless work ethic. For our father & son record binging expeditions. For our arguments over the summer I discovered #ItTakesANationOfMillions. For the look on your face when I told you "imma give this rap thing a try" (I waited til our 2nd album to have this convo btw) For the look on your face 5 years later when I told you "you don't have to work no more. For the look on your face when a year later I was like "Seriously dad, you don't have to work anymore!" For bringing my mom & my sister into my life. For the years we fell out. For the years we put it back together. But really, for the last 2 conversations we had. I understand why you were so hard on me praying I didn't succumb to a fate not meant for a teenager in west philly in the mid 80s. I didn't understand it at the time. But I appreciate it now. I hope Donn & I do you proud. #LeeAndrewsAndTheHearts

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