by Jessica Lane
May 20, 2018
The Grammy award-winning musician Reggie Lucas has died due to heart complications early Saturday morning May 19 in New York City. He was 65.
Reggie Lucas, my adored and beloved father, passed away early this morning at the age of 65. He made beautiful music, a beautiful family, a beautiful life and I will miss him every single day that I live on this earth. pic.twitter.com/Oo1dc2XHG6
— Lisa Lucas (@likaluca) May 19, 2018
Lucas’s talent was unmatched. Guitarist, songwriter and producer, his artistry was praised throughout the industry and he went on to partner with top artists throughout the 70s and 80s. He played with Miles Davis in the 1970s and performed on “On The Corner,” one of Davis’s most difficult albums. He produced Madonna‘s 1983 debut album (contributing six of eight songs), hits like “Lucky Star,” “Borderline” and “Burning Up.”
Dad and Miles. pic.twitter.com/2rwRdu3l0l
— Lisa Lucas (@likaluca) May 20, 2018
While playing with Davis, he met percussionist James Mtume. Lucas joined Mtume and this was the start of a beautiful partnership that defined the R&B sound of the late ’70s. The duo went on to become a powerhouse songwriting and production team, creating “You Know How To Love Me” for Phyllis Hyman, “The Closer I Get To You” for Roberta Flack and “Never Knew Love Like This Before” for Stephanie Mills.
Tonight, Unsung will honor his legacy and his contribution to the iconic band Mtume at 9/8c on TVOne. Join us as we remember his talent and salute his achievements.
Our prayers and condolences go out to his family 🙏🏿🙏🏿