|Birth name||Reginald Grant Lucas|
|Born||February 25, 1953|
New York City, U.S.
|Died||May 19, 2018 (aged 65)|
New York City, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, soul, disco, R&B, pop|
|Occupation(s)||Music producer, musician, songwriter|
Reginald Grant Lucas (February 25, 1953 – May 19, 2018), known as Reggie Lucas, was an American musician, songwriter and record producer. Lucas is best known for having produced the majority of Madonna's 1983 self-titled debut album, his production work with percussionist Mtume, and for playing with the Miles Davis electric band of the first half of the 1970s.
Early in his career, Lucas was an R&B and jazz guitarist, playing with Billy Paul in the early 1970s and then with Miles Davis from 1972 to 1976. It was in Davis' electric band (one that included Pete Cosey, Michael Henderson and Al Foster) that Lucas met percussionist Mtume, who would later become his production partner. The two joined singer Roberta Flack's band in 1976, and toured with her for several years.
Following his stint as a touring jazz guitarist, Lucas shifted his focus to songwriting and producing, where he gained both fame and critical praise, at first working as part of a production team with percussionist James Mtume. The two would later go on to write and produce hits for a number of artists, including Stephanie Mills, Phyllis Hyman, Lou Rawls, the Spinners and Roberta Flack.
As the 1970s came to a close, Lucas branched out and began to write and produce material by himself. In addition to his own instrumental record (1978), "Survival Themes", one of his first solo projects was Madonna's 1983 self-titled debut album, including the song "Borderline". Lucas produced the majority of the album, which sold more than five million copies.
Lucas later worked with Rebbie Jackson, Randy Crawford, and The Four Tops on his own. The Four Tops' 1985 "Magic", included the single "Sexy Ways" and "Maybe Tomorrow", a duet between Levi Stubbs and Phyllis Hyman. Lucas was also a member of the short-lived group Sunfire, who released one album in 1982. Lucas produced their single "Young Free and Single".
Personal life and death
Awards and honors
- Madonna – Madonna – (1983, Sire)
- Models – Out of Mind, Out of Sight – (1985, Mushroom)
- Randy Crawford – Abstract Emotions – (1986, Warner Bros.)
- Rebbie Jackson – Reaction – (1986, Columbia)
- Bunny DeBarge – In Love – (1987, Motown)
- The Four Tops – Magic – (1985, Motown)
- John Adams – Strong – (1987, A&M)
- The Weather Girls – The Weather Girls – (1988, Columbia)
- Elisa Fiorillo – Elisa Fiorillo – (1987, Chrysalis)
- Nick Scotti – Nick Scotti – (1993, Reprise)
As producer with James Mtume
- Stephanie Mills – What Cha' Gonna Do with My Lovin' – (1979, 20th Century)
- Stephanie Mills – Sweet Sensation – (1980, 20th Century)
- Stephanie Mills – Stephanie – (1981, 20th Century)
- Stephanie Mills – Tantalizingly Hot – (1982, Casablanca)
- Phyllis Hyman – You Know How to Love Me – (1979, Arista)
- Gary Bartz – Bartz – (1980, Arista)
- Lou Rawls – Now Is The Time – (1982, Epic)
- The Spinners – Can't Shake This Feelin' – (1982, Atlantic)
- Rena Scott – Come On Inside – (1979, Buddah)
- Marc Sadane – One Way Love Affair (1981, Warner Bros.])
- Marc Sadane – Exciting (1982, Warner Bros.)
- Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway– "The Closer I Get to You" (1978) (written by Reggie Lucus and James Mtume) (Atlantic)
- Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway– "Back Together Again" (1980)
- Stephanie Mills – "What 'Cha Gonna Do with My Lovin" (1979)
- Stephanie Mills – "Never Knew Love Like This" (1980)
- Phyllis Hyman – "You Know How to Love Me" (1979)
- Madonna – "Borderline" and "Physical Attraction" (1983)
- Survival Themes (1976, East Wind)
- Sunfire (1982, Warner Bros.)
With Miles Davis
- On The Corner (1972)
- In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall (1973)
- Dark Magus (1974)
- Agharta (1975)
- Pangaea (1976)
- The Complete On the Corner Sessions (2007)
- Get Up With It (1974)
- The Complete Miles Davis at Montreux (1973 only)
- Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (Columbia Legacy, 2015)
With Carlos Garnett
- Babatunde Olatunji, Soul Makossa (1973, Paramount)
- Norman Connors, Slewfoot (1974, Buddah)
- Norman Connors, Saturday Night Special (1975, Buddah)
- Norman Connors, Romantic Journey (1977, Buddah)
- Aquarian Dream, arranger (1976, Buddah)
- Vitamin E – Sharing – arranger - (1977, Buddah)
- Flora Purim – Nothing Will Be As It Was… Tomorrow – (1977, Warner Bros.)
- Lonnie Liston Smith – Visions of a New World – (1975, Flying Dutchman)
- Hubert Eaves – Esoteric Funk – (1979, East Wind)
- Roberta Flack – Blue Lights in the Basement - (1977, Atlantic)
- Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway - (1980, Atlantic)
- Urszula Dudziak – Urszula – (1975, Arista)
- James Mtume – Rebirth Cycle – 1977
- Gary Bartz – The Shadow Do – (1975, Prestige)
- Zbigniew Seifert – Zbigniew Seifert (1977, Capitol)
- John Lee/Gerry Brown – Still Can’t Say Enough - (1976, Blue Note)
- Masabumi Kikuchi – Wishes/Kochi (1976, Inner City)
- Shunzoh Ohno - Bubbles (1976, East Wind)
- Reggie Lucas Obituary legacy.com accessdate July 20, 2018
- Wynn, Ron. "Reggie Lucas Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
- Press, Associated (2018-05-19). "Reggie Lucas, who worked with Miles Davis and Madonna, dies". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
- "Obituary: Reggie Lucas", Montclair Local, May 25, 2018. Accessed July 15, 2020. "Reggie Lucas, a guitarist, songwriter, producer, and longtime Montclair resident, died of complications resulting from heart disease on May 19, 2018 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The musician, who played with Miles Davis and helped to launch Madonna’s career, was 65.... Unusually talented and independent, Mr. Lucas dropped out of Bronx Science High School after the New York City teachers’ strike of 1968 and pursued a career in music."
- Tingen, Paul (2001). Miles Beyond : Electric Explorations of Miles Davis, 1967-1991. ISBN 0823083462.
- Taraborrelli, J. Randy (2001). Madonna: An Intimate Biography. Simon & Schuster. pp. 76. ISBN 0743227093.
- O'Brien, Lucy (2008). Madonna: Like an Icon. HarperCollins. p. 67. ISBN 0060898992.
- "New Companies". Billboard. Nov 1, 1986.
- Kellogg, Carolyn (May 27, 2016). "Lisa Lucas, head of the National Book Foundation, wants you to love reading". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- "Reggie Lucas, Who Worked With Miles Davis and Madonna, Dies". The New York Times. Associated Press. May 19, 2018.
- Kreps, Daniel (May 19, 2018). "Reggie Lucas, Miles Davis Guitarist and Madonna Producer, Dead at 65". Rolling Stone. ISSN 0035-791X.
- "Grammy Award Results for Reggie Lucas". The Recording Academy. Retrieved May 19, 2018.