Ramsey Lewis, the renowned ja-- pianist whose music entertained fans over a more than 60-year career that began with the Ramsey Lewis Trio and made him one of the country’s most successful ja-- musicians, has died. He was 87.
Lewis is revered in ja-- circles for 1960s hits like The In Crowd, Hang on Sloopy and Wade in the Water. He earned three Grammy awards and seven gold records. The trio’s first record in 1956 was Ramsey Lewis and the Gentlemen of Swing.
Lewis died Monday in his sleep at his Chicago home, according to his son, Bobby Lewis.