Ramsey Lewis

Born May 27, 1935

Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis, Jr. is an American jazz composer, pianist and radio personality. Ramsey Lewis has recorded over 80 albums and has received seven gold records and three Grammy Awards so far in his career.

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    Wall Street Journal - Oct 07, 2015
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    Huffington Post - Aug 07, 2013
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    Huffington Post - Jul 02, 2013
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    Blue Ridge Now - Jul 23, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ramsey Lewis.


1935 Birth Born on May 27, 1935.


1956 21 Years Old The trio started as primarily a jazz unit and released their first album, Ramsey Lewis and the Gentlemen of Swing, in 1956. … Read More


1966 31 Years Old By 1966, Lewis was one of the nation’s most successful jazz pianists, topping the charts with "The In Crowd", "Hang On Sloopy", and "Wade in the Water". … Read More


1990 55 Years Old In addition to recording and performing, Lewis hosts the weekly syndicated radio program Legends of Jazz, created in 1990. … Read More


2005 70 Years Old Early in 2005, the Ramsey Lewis Foundation was created to help connect at-risk children to the world of music. … Read More
2007 72 Years Old In January 2007, the Dave Brubeck Institute invited Lewis to join its Honorary Board of Friends at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. … Read More
2008 73 Years Old In May 2008, Lewis received an honorary doctorate from Loyola University Chicago upon delivering the keynote address at the undergraduate commencement ceremony. … Read More
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