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Questlove’s quest: to find a woman who bought him a turntable

ByReiss Bowler

Oct 26, 2020

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Ahmir Thompson, founder of The Roots and drummer for the “Tonight Show” band, wants to find the nice stranger who bought him a turntable and several records at the age of 5.

Thompson – better known as Questlove – posted on social media that he was traveling with his parents, who made their living performing, when he befriended “Ellie” in Portland, Maine in 1976.

“Being the irresistible cat that I was, I persuaded an elderly woman named Ellie to buy me a stereo and record collection,” Questlove posted on Facebook and Instagram.

Ellie wrote the youngster’s order on a napkin: “Bad Blood” by Neil Sedaka, “Dance With Me” by Rufus, and the Jackson 5.

“I knew talking to strangers was a no-no, but my instincts paid off,” he wrote.

His parents were upset that he was talking to a stranger when Ellie returned the next day with presents. But he says his new friend said to his parents, “Please don’t get him in trouble on my behalf !! He’s so cute of course I wanted to start his record collection !!!”