Lee Andrews & the Hearts

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Lee Andrews & the Hearts was a doo-wop quintet from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, formed in 1953. They recorded on the Gotham, Rainbow, Mainline, Chess, United Artists, Grand and Gowen labels. Managed by Kae Williams, in 1957 and 1958 they had their three biggest hits, "Teardrops", "Long Lonely Nights" and "Try the Impossible". The group consisted of Lee Andrews (lead), Roy Calhoun (first tenor), Tammey Currey (second tenor), Ted Weems (baritone) and Wendell Calhoun (bass).[1]

Lee Andrews was born (1938) Arthur Lee Andrews Thompson, at Goldsboro, North Carolina. Questlove, drummer and producer for the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group The Roots, is Lee Andrews' son, and cites growing up with doo-wop as a major influence in his music.[2]


  • "Long Lonely Nights" (1957 Chess) U.S. pop #45, R&B #11 (with b-side: "The Clock")
  • "Tear Drops" (1958 Chess) U.S. pop #20, R&B #4 (with b-side: "Girl Around the Corner")
  • "Try the Impossible" (1958 United Artists) U.S. #33
  • "Glad To Be Here" (1958 United Artists)
  • "Cold Gray Dawn" written Woods, Mason, Lemar , B-side "All You Can Do" Calhoun, Hurst, Lemar



  1. ^ Jay Warner, American Singing Groups: A History from 1940 to Today (Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006) pp68-69.
  2. ^ "Nardwuar vs. The Roots pt 1 of 4". 

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