After Albert Ammons, Lewis is probably the best-known musician associated with the late 1930s Boogie-Woogie piano revival. He actually made his first recordings in the 1920s, including the original version of his signature "Honky Tonk Train Blues." He continued to play off and on through the early '60s. Whether performing solo or in tandem with fellow pianists Ammons and Pete Johnson, his bionic left-hand rhythms were always a standout. He also played celeste and even harpsichord on a few occasions.