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"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


Brendan Gauthier
March 17, 2016 8:39PM (UTC)

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.

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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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Brendan Gauthier

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