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Questlove Makes Use Of Social Media To Share News And Touching Tribute To His Now Deceased Father

Questlove Makes Use Of Social Media To Share News And Touching Tribute To His Now Deceased Father

Questlove broke sad news via Instagram that his father, singer Lee Andrews, passed away on March 16 at the age of 79.

The Roots’ drummer shared a photo of his late father with his ’50s doo-wop group Lee Andrews & The Hearts and credited him for being influential in his passion for music.

In the lengthy post, Quest called his father the “greatest teacher” he had. The post accompanied a video which played some of Andrews’ songs.

“The Greatest Teacher in my life, my dad Lee Andrews June 2nd 1936-March 16 2016. I love you,” he wrote. “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.”

E! News noted that the hashtag is a reference to the group Public Enemy as it is the title of their sophomore album.

The post went on, “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,” Questlove concluded. “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.”

Andrews founded The Hearts in 1953 in Philadelphia. The band’s hits included “Teardrops,” “Long Lonely Nights” and “Try the Impossible.”

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

A video posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on

 

by Michelle Kapusta

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