chart's favorite jazz pianist dies at 87

Ramsey Lewis, a pianist who preserved ties between jazz and popular music at a time when those ties frequently appeared frail and in danger,

passed away on Monday in his homeland of Chicago. He was 87. His manager, Brett Steele, made the announcement of his passing and claimed natural causes.

Lewis represented jazz crossover for the entirety of his career. His love of gospel and blues music blended perfectly with his easygoing,

unrestricted ventures into the 1960s' rock and soul standards, a move that paid off handsomely with a trio album recorded at Washington,

D.C.'s legendary Bohemian Caverns in 1965. The album's lead single, "The 'In' Crowd," a rendition of Dobie Gray's rhythm-and-blues hit from the year before,

made its own meteoric ascent to the top of the charts, spending 16 weeks and climbing as high as No. 5 on the Billboard Top 100. The album

held the top spot among best-selling R&B albums for 12 weeks. The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," The Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself,"