Lee Andrews, Doo Wop Pioneer & Father Of Questlove, Passes Away

Lee Andrews

Lee Andrews, lead singer of pioneering doo wop band Lee Andrews & The Hearts and father of The Roots’ Questlove, passed away last night at the age of 79. Quest took to Instagram last night to pay his respects:

<blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version=”6″ style=” background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% – 2px); width:calc(100% – 2px);”><div style=”padding:8px;”> <div style=” background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;”> <div style=” background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAAGFBMVEUiIiI9PT0eHh4gIB4hIBkcHBwcHBwcHBydr+JQAAAACHRSTlMABA4YHyQsM5jtaMwAAADfSURBVDjL7ZVBEgMhCAQBAf//42xcNbpAqakcM0ftUmFAAIBE81IqBJdS3lS6zs3bIpB9WED3YYXFPmHRfT8sgyrCP1x8uEUxLMzNWElFOYCV6mHWWwMzdPEKHlhLw7NWJqkHc4uIZphavDzA2JPzUDsBZziNae2S6owH8xPmX8G7zzgKEOPUoYHvGz1TBCxMkd3kwNVbU0gKHkx+iZILf77IofhrY1nYFnB/lQPb79drWOyJVa/DAvg9B/rLB4cC+Nqgdz/TvBbBnr6GBReqn/nRmDgaQEej7WhonozjF+Y2I/fZou/qAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;”></div></div> <p style=” margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;”> <a href=”” style=” color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;” target=”_blank”>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 &amp; son record binging expeditions. For our arguments over the summer I discovered #ItTakesANationOfMillions. For the look on your face when I told you &#34;imma give this rap thing a try&#34; (I waited til our 2nd album to have this convo btw) For the look on your face 5 years later when I told you &#34;you don&#39;t have to work no more. For the look on your face when a year later I was like &#34;Seriously dad, you don&#39;t have to work anymore!&#34; For bringing my mom &amp; 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&#39;t succumb to a fate not meant for a teenager in west philly in the mid 80s. I didn&#39;t understand it at the time. But I appreciate it now. I hope Donn &amp; I do you proud. #LeeAndrewsAndTheHearts</a></p> <p style=” color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;”>A video posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on <time style=” font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;” datetime=”2016-03-17T01:58:32+00:00″>Mar 16, 2016 at 6:58pm PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src=”//”></script>

Andrews & The Hearts had a string of hits in the 1960s, including “Long Lonely Nights” and “Teardrops.”

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