March 17, 2016
Lee Andrews, father of Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and lead singer of Lee Andrews and the Hearts, has died at the age of 79. Andrews was the lead singer of the '50s doo-wop quintet, formed in Philadelphia in 1953.
Lee Andrews and the Hearts were known for songs like "Long Lonely Nights," "Tear Drops" and their biggest hit, "Try the Impossible." He passed away Wednesday.
Questlove, DJ and drummer for The Roots, has often cited his father's music and doo-wop as big influences on his career. He left a touching tribute to his late father on his Instagram account Wednesday, calling him "The Greatest Teacher in my life." Read Questlove's full message below.