What Led to Jazz Legend Ramsey Lewis’s Death at 87?
According to a Facebook Post, Chicago Jazz Legend Ramsey Lewis passed away in his Chicago home on September 12, 2022. After the sad news was announced many fans took to social media to find out about Ramsey Lewis’s cause of death.
Jan Lewis said: “Ramsey’s passion for music was truly fueled by the love and dedication of his fans across the globe. He loved touring and meeting music lovers from so many cultures and walks of life,”
“It was our family’s great pleasure to share Ramsey in this special way with all those who admired his God-given talents. We are forever grateful for your support.”
Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis Jr. was born on May 27, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He started taking piano lessons at the age of four.
The artist won lots of great awards like three Grammy Awards and received five gold records. He formed the Ramsey Lewis Trio with bassist Eldee Young, drummer Isaac Redd Holt, and Chess Records.
Their first album with the trio was released in 1956 and the album concluded with their notable hit “The In Crowd” the single reached No. 5 on the pop charts and No.2 on the album chart.
By 1966, the musician was one of the most successful jazz pianists, and had great hits like “Hang On Sloopy“, “The In Crowd”, and “Wade in the Water”.
All of these three songs successfully sold over one million copies and he won gold discs for each song, thus he attracted a large group of non-jazz listeners over time.
Lewis hosted the weekly radio program Legends of Jazz. It was created in 1990 and was controlled by United Stations Radio Networks.
In 2006, the 13-episode Legends of Jazz television series hosted by great Ramsey was broadcast on public Television nationwide and featured live performances by lots of jazz legends including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Larry Gray, Dave Brubeck, Joey Defrancesco, Chick Corea, Benny Golson, Kurt Elling, Pat Metheny, and Tony Bennett.
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Ramsey Lewis’s Cause of Death Remains Secret
Although Ramsey Lewis’s cause of death has remained a secret, the talented jazz composer, pianist, and radio personality’s death was announced on his Facebook.
The late artist was a three-time Grammy winner, and NEA Jazz Master. Lewis’s 1965 hit “The In Crowd” was an international pop crossover hit.
In 2005, the artist created the Ramsey Lewis Foundation to help connect at-risk children to the world of music. As an offshoot of that foundation, he plans to form a Youth Choir and Youth Orchestra.
In 2007, the Dave Brubeck Institute invited him to join its Honorary Board of Friends at the University of the Pacific. Ramsey was an Honorary Board member of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
He recorded more than 80 albums and received 5 gold records and 3 Grammy Awards in his professional career.
Much loved in the jazz industry, the heartbreaking news has been received with shock and deepest condolences. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay touching tributes to Lewis.
Philip Bailey shared several photos of Lewis on Twitter and wrote: “Long Live the Legendary Ramsey Lewis… Our Great Friend and Jazz Icon. You will be sorely missed, and always remembered. God Bless and Keep you.”
Chris Williams also paid a touching tribute to the late artist, writing; “Rest in Power to the forever great, Ramsey Lewis. Thank you for everything, sir. I can’t even begin to count how many of his records are in my vinyl collection.”
Ramsey Lewis is survived by his beloved wife Janet Lewis, his two daughters, and three sons.
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