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Lee Andrews – the singer best known as the leader of ’50s doo-wop group Lee Andrews and the Hearts and the father of Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson – has passed away at the age of 79.

Lee Andrews

No cause of death has been given, but Andrews had reportedly been battling various health problems.

Nowadays, Andrews is best known as the dad who handed one of the world’s most famous drummers his fist set of sticks at a very young age, but in his youth, the singer – born Lee Andrews Thompson in 1936 – recorded a string of hits for the iconic Chess record label.

Questlove – the leader of the legendary Roots hip hop crew and the musical director for Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show – posted a loving tribute to Andrews on Twitter, in which he acknowledged both his father’s musical influence and the tumultuous nature 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).”

The hashtag refers to It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, the iconic 1988 Public Enemy album that Questlove has credited with sparking his interest in hip hop.

By all accounts, father and son never saw eye-to-eye in terms of music, but enjoyed a loving – if occasionally competitive – relationship nonetheless.