Wine and Music with Ramsey Lewis
A Piano Virtuoso. A Classic Piano Master. An Opera Singer and Soprano. Wine and Music Love Affair.
Jessica Altieri Interviews Ramsey Lewis
Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis Jr. was born in Chicago on May 27, 1935. He grew up in the Cabrini Homes housing project that also spawned soul vocalists Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler. We caught up with Ramsey and found out what keeps him going after all these years of success. Does he have passion and love for wine? You bet he does.
Who would Ramsey most want to share a glass of wine with, after his lovely wife Jan of course?
Here you go:
And the music that we would be playing in the background? Why this of course: “The In Crowd”.
A Waitress. A Diner. A Jukebox. A Gold Record.
How “The In Crowd” by Ramsey Lewis Was Born
Being “in” as inside somewhere, right now is, well, “in”. In 1964, a D.C. waitress by the name of Nettie Gray turned Ramsey Lewis on to “The In Crowd,” sung by Dobie Gray. That song was recorded live at Bohemian Caverns in Washington, DC, with almost no rehearsal. That afternoon Ramsey and his bandmates—drummer Isaac ‘‘Redd’’ Holt and bassist Eldee Young—were sitting in a Washington, DC, coffee shop, debating what they could add to their set that night to make the recording stand out. Their waitress, a woman by the name of Nettie Gray, asked what was wrong. They explained their predicament. Miss Nettie Gray walked over to the jukebox, dropped a coin in the slot and said: ‘‘Listen to this.’’ It was ‘‘The In Crowd,’’ sung by Dobie Gray—a popular hit at the time. The trio quickly worked out a jazz arrangement and used the song to end their set that evening. The crowd loved it. Audiences everywhere loved it. ‘‘The In Crowd’’ became the first of seven gold records by the Ramsey Lewis Trio. (Source- Congressional Record- Senate)
For 5:50 seconds of a “perfect pairing” with a glass or bottle of wine, listen here: https://youtu.be/5vu2tyk8cvc
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