It was here that they learned there was already an act calling themselves the Dreamers and it was Jimmy McCalister who came up with the Hearts after spying a small plastic heart on a secretary's desk -- actually Heller's wife. Since Thompson was to be featured on as the group's leader, he began shuffling his names around to come up with something he felt would sound better -- and read better on the labels -- than Arthur Thompson and the Hearts. He finally settled on calling himself by his two middle names and thus the name Lee Andrews & the Hearts was finally born.
In 1981, Collectible Records unearthed the original first studio session tapes from Gotham and issued three singles, including yet another version of "Long Lonely Nights" which was lyrically different from the hit song, with just a piano accompaniment and crystal-clear harmonies. The oldies circuit revival of the '70s provided momentum for Lee to form one more Hearts, this one a family affair with Lee, his wife Jackie, son Ahmir, and daughter Dawn.
Lee Andrews was born Arthur Lee Andrews Thompson, in 1936, in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He was the father of Amhir 'Questlove' Thompson and the son of Beachy Thompson of the gospel music group, The Dixie Hummingbirds. He died on March 16, 2016.
Parts of this bio was taken from All-Music. You can read the full bio here.
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