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Questlove dad Lee Andrews dead at 79

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Lee Andrews, frontman of ’50s doo-wop group Lee Andrews & The Hearts and father of percussionist and DJ Questlove, died Wednesday at age 79.

The Roots drummer announced his father’s death with a touching tribute on Instagram, calling Andrews his “greatest teacher” and recalling the ups and downs of their relationship.

“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),” he wrote.

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Lee Andrews and the Hearts’ hits biggest hit “Try the Impossible” reached No. 70 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1958, and Questlove’s parents also comprised Congress Alley, a Philadelphia-based soul group.

“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,” Questlove wrote. “I didn’t understand it at the time. But I appreciate it now. I hope Donn [Questlove’s sister] & I do you proud.”

Read Questlove’s full tribute here:

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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