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Tear Drops Lee Andrews and The Hearts

Tear Drops by Lee Andrews and The Hearts

Doo Wop

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Lee Andrews on March 16, 2016. Here is another one of the beautiful doo wop golden oldies that’s so good at evoking memories. Sometimes we want to start over again with the one we love, and the song “Tear Drops” expresses the feeling so well. It was issued simultaneously as an Argo single and Chess single in 1957 and reached #4 on the R&B Chart and #20 on the Pop Singles Chart. The ending of “Tear Drops,” where Lee Andrews and the other singers rise and fall in step has some lovely singing.

Lee Andrews was born Arthur Lee Andrew Thompson in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He has a silky voice and cites his influences as Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby. The family moved to Philadelphia, and The Hearts formed as an R&B doo wop group in Philadelphia around 1952-53. Members for “Tear Drops” included Lee Andrews, Roy Calhoun, Thomas “Butch” Curry, Ted Weems, and Wendell Calhoun. They had charting success with the songs “Long Lonely Nights” and “Try the Impossible.” Over the years, Andrews recorded with and without backup groups for more than 20 different labels.

Andrews’ son Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is a percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, journalist, record producer, and actor. He is known for his work as the drummer in The Roots, which has been the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Rest in Peace. Lee Andrews (1936-2016).

Here are the lyrics for this doo wop classic:

“I sit in my room looking out at the rain
My tears are like crystals, they cover my window pane
I’m thinking of our lost romance and how it should have been
Oh if we only could start over again

I know you never forgive me dear, for running out on you
I was wrong to take a chance with somebody new
I sit in my room looking out at the rain
My tears are like crystals, they cover my window pane

I know you never forgive me dear, for running out on you
Oh I long to do the things we used to do
I’m lonely and I’m blue yet I’ll try to get along
Without you

Teardrops, teardrops, teardrops

I have to gain faith, hope and charity
God only knows the girl who will love me
Oh if we only could start over
Again”

If you are interested in purchasing and listening to more music from Lee Andrews & The Hearts, please consider this: The Best of Lee Andrews and the Hearts

For More Golden Oldies Music

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night with our juke box full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.

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