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Renowned jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis has died, age 87

Ramsey Lewis

CHICAGO — Renowned jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis has died. He was 87. His son, Bobby Lewis, says Ramsey Lewis died Monday at his Chicago home.

Lewis’ music entertained fans over a more than 50-year career.

He’s revered in jazz circles for such 1960s hits as “The In Crowd,” “Hang on Sloopy” and “Wade in the Water.”

He earned three Grammy awards and seven gold records.

The Chicago native began composing large-scale musical works later in his career.

He spent his early days using his gospel and classical roots to create his own jazz style in neighborhood venues that hired young jazz musicians.

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