Ramsey Lewis has passed away. He was 87 years old.

Renowned jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, whose song entertained followers over a profession spanning greater than 60 years 

Lewis is revered in jazz circles in the Nineteen Sixties for hits such as "The 'In' Crowd," "Hang on Sloopy" and "Wade in the Water." He earned three Grammy Awards and seven gold records. 

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

"He used to be at peace," Bobby Lewis informed the Associated Press on Monday night. “Most humans say that when they met Dad, he stated he used to be a classification act. 

Ramsey Lewis described his strategy to composing and performing in an interview with the AP in 2011. 

"Life is a lonely one, and it goes on," Lewis stated whilst sitting at the eating room desk in his downtown Chicago home. "I simply be aware of it is going to glide when I lay my fingers on the piano." 

Spent his early days in Chicago the use of his gospel and classical roots to create his very own jazz fashion in quite a few nearby venues, which employed younger jazz musicians. 

Lewis said, "It gave us a lot of possibility to strive out our thoughts and study what it skill to operate in the front of an audience. 

When he used to be named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 2007. He common the award from his mentor and fellow jazz master, pianist Billy Taylor.