Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ramsey Lewis Trio – "The 'In' Crowd" (1965)

If it's square
We ain't there

Are you in with the “in” crowd?  Do you go where the “in” crowd goes?

Do you know what the “in” crowd knows?

Last but not least, is it easy for you to find romance?

Here’s how 2 or 3 lines would answer those questions: yes, yes, yes, and YES!

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Dobie Gray’s recording of “The ‘In’ Crowd” made it #13 on the Billboard “Hot 100” in 1965.  

The Ramsey Lewis Trio recorded an instrumental version of the song later that year at the Bohemian Caverns night club in downtown Washington, DC, which made it all the way to #5 on the “Hot 100.”  It sold a million copies and won the Grammy for Best Jazz Performance (Small Group)

We’re featuring the Ramsey Lewis Trio version today because it was recorded by a trio.  (Doh!)

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Ramsey Lewis is a jazz pianist who recorded some 77 albums between 1956 (when he was only 21 years old) and 2011.

Lewis is 82 years old, and has seven children, fourteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.  (Let’s hope he lives long enough for that great-grandchild number to become much bigger.)

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Here’s “The ‘In’ Crowd”:

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