A native of Alabama, Walter Roger Lewis arrived in Minneapolis in the early 1960’s by way of Cincinnati. By the decade’s end, he was employed as a cook at the Chestnut Tree, a notorious haunt owned by local baron Raye Perkins. Just a stumble away from the Flame (another Perkins venture), the Chesnutt Tree stayed open all night, handling a good deal of the Flame’s oft-belligerent overflow. There, Walter met Nancy, a teen waitress of an Armenian descent. Only a dozen years later did Walter and Nancy truly connect, over their shared love of music. Soon, she’d be introducing herself as Nancy Lewis, prominent feature of Walter Lewis and the Blue Stars.