Ramsey Lewis, a well-known jazz pianist and pop artist, passes away at the age of 87

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Ramsey Lewis, a well-known jazz pianist whose music captivated listeners

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A more than 60-year career has earned him one of the most popular jazz musicians in the nation

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He won seven gold records, including three Grammys

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For tunes from the 1960s like "The 'In' Crowd," "Hang on Sloopy," jazz enthusiasts hold Lewis in high regard

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"Ramsey Lewis and the Gentlemen of Swing" was the group's debut album, which was released in 1956

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Lewis died on Monday in his sleep at his Chicago home, according to his son Bobby Lewis

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Lewis stated, "Life is a solo, and it goes on."

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Lewis began learning the piano at the age of 4. His formative years were spent in Chicago

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Lewis shared the stage alongside musical legends like Aretha Franklin

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In the 1990s and 2000, Lewis also served as the host of radio programmes

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