What do you get when you subtract 1935 from 2015? 80.
What do you get when you add 50 to 30? You get 80.
What do 3, 7, 33, 1, 13, 12, 9, 2 add up to? Why 80 of course.
And why is 80 such an important number?
Because this year it is the magical number that belongs to one of the best and most well rounded of Chicago jazz men, Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis. He just turned 80 last month on May 27th.
The second equation represents his big hit "The In Crowd," released on July 31, 1965, when he was 30 years old, and this summer it is marking its 50th anniversary.
The last numerical representation is for three gold records, seven Grammys, thirty three slots on the Billboard 200 chart, one syndicated radio show, thirteen Legends of Jazz PBS television shows, twelve years as on-air host at WNUA, nine years on BET Television hosting and 2 years teaching at Roosevelt University.
And last, Ramsey has over 80 albums stretching from vinyl to CD and back again.
What makes him so important to Chicago jazz fans? Because he got famous and never left us. He might play all over the world, but he lives with us. As artistic director at Ravinia, teacher at Roosevelt University and on air radio host on WNUA, he contributed to our jazz life every day for the last 30 years.
From 1997 to 2009, he talked to us every weekday morning. The show became part of Broadcast Architecture's Smooth Jazz Network, simulcasting on other smooth jazz stations across the country until the unfortunate cancellation in May, 2009, when WNUA switched over to a Spanish format. For those of you listening that day, you will remember that his was the last smooth jazz voice we heard before a painful pause of dead air which was followed by mariachi music.
Happy Birthday Ramsey, Happy Anniversary to the In Crowd and thank you so much.
~Lydia Barnes (email@example.com)
Our Smooth Video of the Day: Ramsey and the one we never let he leave the stage without performing.