Lee Andrews Dies At 79; Doo-Wop Singer, Father Of The Roots' Questlove
March 17, 2016 at 4:37 PM (PT)
LEE ANDREWS, the lead singer of the 1950s PHILADELPHIA-based doo-wop group LEE ANDREWS AND THE HEARTS and the father of THE ROOTS' drummer and producer QUESTLOVE, died WEDNESDAY at 79.
ANDREWS (born ARTHUR LEE ANDREW THOMPSON in GOLDSBORO, NC in 1936) and his quintet recorded for several labels during their career, with their biggest hit being the top 20 hit "TEAR DROPS" in 1958 on CHESS RECORDS; they also scored with "LONG LONELY NIGHTS" on CHESS in 1957 and "TRY THE IMPOSSIBLE" for UNITED ARTISTS in 1958. ANDREWS and his wife JACQUI THOMPSON were in the soul group CONGRESS ALLEY, which recorded for AVCO EMBASSY in 1973.
ANDREWS' son AHMIR "QUESTLOVE" THOMPSON and high school classmate TARIQ (BLACK THOUGHT) TROTTER formed THE ROOTS at PHILADELPHIA HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS (CAPA). QUESTLOVE posted on his Facebook page, "The Greatest Teacher in my life, my dad LEE ANDREWS JUNE 2nd, 1936-MARCH 16th, 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"