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Long Lonely Nights
by Lee Andrews & the Hearts
Lee Andrews (1936 to 2016) was an American 'doo-wop' singer, with 'Lee Andrews & the Hearts'. Arthur Lee Andrews Thompson was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA, on June 2nd 1936. His father Beechie had been with the 'Dixie Hummingbirds' 'gospel' group, and he moved his family to south west Philadelphia in about 1940, which is where Andrews grew up. He attended Bartram High School, and in 1952 helped to form a vocal 'doo-wop' group called the 'Dreamers'. In 1954 though, they changed their name to 'Lee Andrews & the Hearts'. Andrews recorded with them on the 'Gotham', 'Rainbow', 'Mainline', 'Chess Records', 'United Artists', 'Grand' and 'Gowen' labels throughout their existence, and in 1957 and 1958 they had their three biggest hits - "Teardrops", "Long Lonely Nights" (featured here) and "Try the Impossible". They regularly played the famous Apollo Theater, and also appeared on "American Bandstand". In 1959, Andrews left and the band played on as just the '5 Hearts', though they were to find little success without him. He himself had a solo single released on the 'Casino' label in 1959 (backed by a chorus), called "I Wonder". After one more single ("A Wise Man Said", 1960), Andrews earned a contract with 'Swan Records' of Philadelphia, and released three more records - "I've Got A Right To Cry", "A Night Like Tonight" and finally "P.S. I Love You". He and the 'Hearts' reunited in 1962, releasing more records with various line-ups until 1968. The last-known recordings on which he was credited were with the group 'Congress Alley' (consisting of Richard Booker, Karen Briscoe, himself, and his own wife Jackie). They put out only two singles and one album on 'Avco Embassy' in 1973 before going their separate ways. Andrews and his wife later owned and ran a successful dress shop. Lee Andrews died in Philadelphia on March 16th 2016, aged 79. He leaves wife Jackie, plus one daughter and his son 'Questlove' (Khalib Thompson), drummer with the band 'Roots'.
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Posted: 17th April 2016
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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