Noted for his ability to appeal to non-jazz audiences. He hosted Chicago WNUA's Ramsey Lewis Morning Show for many years.
He was a member of The Cleffs, his first jazz band, at the age of 15. He helped form the Ramsey Lewis Trio during his time at DePaul University.
He had three gold singles--The In Crowd, Hang On Sloopy, and Wade in the Water--by 1966.
He was born to parents Ramsey Lewis Sr. and Pauline Lewis. He began his musical training on the piano at four years old.
He collaborated often with Herbie Hancock.