Ramsey Lewis, the jazz pianist who had a crossover hit in 1965’s “The In Crowd,” died right this moment (September 12) at his residence in Chicago. He was 87 years outdated.
Lewis grew up in Chicago and commenced taking piano classes at 4 years outdated. He was a sworn jazz fan whose first band the Clefs started whereas he was in highschool. The three band members who weren’t drafted within the Korean Warfare—Lewis, Eldee Younger, and Redd Holt—fashioned the Ramsey Lewis Trio. They might go on to carry out usually, launch their first album on Chess in 1956, and finally launch their Grammy-winning hit “The In-Crowd” in 1965.
Younger and Holt splintered off to kind their very own band Younger-Holt Limitless, whereas Lewis would go on to work with Earth, Wind & Fireplace’s Maurice White. His 1974 album Solar Goddess was produced by White and options members of Earth, Wind & Fireplace. Lewis grew to become an NEA Jazz Grasp in 2007. He recorded prolifically all through the remainder of his life. A brand new Beatles Songbook album is due November 11, and his memoir is due in 2023.
“Ramsey’s ardour for music was actually fueled by the love and dedication of his followers throughout the globe,” Lewis’ widow Jan Lewis stated in a press release. “He cherished touring and assembly music lovers from so many cultures and walks of life. It was our household’s nice pleasure to share Ramsey on this particular approach with all those that admired his God-given skills. We’re eternally grateful in your help.” The household has requested for donations to the Jazz Basis of America.
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