A longtime fixture in Chicago, Bobby Lewis finally had some opportunities to lead his own recording dates in the 1990s (for the local Southport label). A top studio musician with a lyrical jazz style, since 1964 Lewis has appeared on over 6,500 recording sessions, including a countless number of jingles, film scores, and records, usually in fairly anonymous roles. He led the Ears, a jazz group that for 17 years (1975-1992) played every Tuesday night at Orphan's Pub, and featured his quintet at Andy's Jazz Club each Friday night for many years. A thoughtful improviser, Lewis also displays a cool tone and subtle feeling in his occasional vocals.
Bobby Lewis (born February 17, 1927 in Hodgerville, Kentucky) is an African-American rock and roll and R&B singer.
Raised in an Indianapolis orphanage he learned to play the piano by age six. Adopted at age twelve, he moved to a home in Detroit, Michigan, growing up with the influences of the pioneer blues musicians until the advent of rock and roll. Lewis began to build a musical career in the 1950s and in 1960 appeared at the Apollo Theatre in New York City He recorded a 45rpm single called "Tossin' and Turnin'" that went to No.1 on the Billboard charts in July of 1961. Later that year, he had a second Top Ten song, "One Track Mind," which would be his only other major hit record.