"I love you": Questlove pays tribute to father — who died Wednesday at 79 — in heartbreaking Instagram post

Qlove thanks his father "The Greatest Teacher in my life" for "the years we fell out" in moving Instagram post

By Brendan Gauthier

Published March 17, 2016 4:39PM (EDT)

  (Frank Micelotta/invision/ap)
(Frank Micelotta/invision/ap)

Grammy-winning producer and drummer Questlove paid moving tribute to his late father, doo-wop artist Lee Andrews, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 79.

Andrews fronted the moderately successful group Lee Andrews & the Hearts in the 1950s. The group's most famous song, "Long Lonely Nights," peaked at 45 on the Billboard "Top 100 Sides" chart.

In an Instagram post Wednesday night, Questlove thanked his father "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," he wrote. "I didn't understand it at the time. But I appreciate it now."

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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