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Pianist with three Grammys
Jazz great Ramsey Lewis is dead
9/13/2022 4:26 a.m.
In the 1960s, Ramsey Lewis managed to get instrumental jazz on the charts. He later scored no more hits, but that didn’t detract from his career. Now the jazz pianist has passed away.
American jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, who became known for instrumental hits such as “The In Crowd”, “Hang on Sloopy” and “Wade in the Water”, has died. According to his management, the three-time Grammy winner passed away “peacefully” at his home in Chicago, Illinois on Monday. He was 87 years old.
Lewis, who learned to play the piano as a baby, joined the jazz band The Clefs as a student, which formed the Ramsey Lewis Trio in the 1950s. The band became known worldwide in 1965 with the hit “The In Crowd”. Her genre-crossing style also mixed pop, blues and soul elements. In 2007 Lewis received the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award for his life’s work.
Lewis has also been honored with five gold records and three Grammys. Over the course of his career, he recorded over 80 albums and hosted a jazz radio show for many years. According to his management, the musician is still working on a new album, which should be released in November. His memoir entitled “Gentleman of Jazz” will be released in 2023.