born on 25/2/1953 in Queens, NY, United States
died on 19/5/2018 in New York City, NY, United States
Reginald Grant "Reggie" Lucas (born February 25, 1953) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. Lucas is best known for producing 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.
In 1980, Lucas and Mtume won a Grammy Award for Best R&B song for their composition "Never Knew Love Like This Before", which was performed by Stephanie Mills.
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 has since gone on to work with Rebbie Jackson, Randy Crawford and The Four Tops on his own. He was also a member of the short-lived group Sunfire, who released one album in 1982. Lucas produced their single "Young Free and Single".
- Madonna Madonna (1983, Sire)
- Models (band) Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight - (1985, Mushroom Records)
- Randy Crawford Abstract Emotions - (1986, Warner Bros. Records)
- Rebbie Jackson Reaction (1986, Columbia)
- Bunny DeBarge In Love (Bunny DeBarge album) (1987, Motown Records)
- The Four Tops Magic (1985, Motown)
- John Adams Strong (1987, A&M Records)
- The Weather Girls The Weather Girls (1988, Columbia)
- Elisa Fiorillo Elisa Fiorillo (1987, Chrysalis Records)
- Nick Scotti Nick Scotti - (1993, Reprise Records)
As producer with James Mtume
- Stephanie Mills What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin - (1979, 20th Century Records)
- Stephanie Mills Sweet Sensation (album) - (1980, 20th Century Records)
- Stephanie Mills Stephanie (album) - (1981, 20th Century Records)
- Stephanie Mills Tantalizingly Hot - (1982, Casablanca Records)
- Phyllis Hyman You Know How To Love Me (1979, Arista Records)
- Gary Bartz Bartz (1980, Arista Records)
- Lou Rawls Now Is The Time (1982, Epic)
- The Spinners Cant Shake This Feelin (1982, Atlantic)
- Rena Scott Come On Inside (1979, Buddah)
- Mark Sadane One Way Love Affair (1981, Warner Bros. Records)
- Mark Sadane Exciting (1982, Warner Bros. Records)
- Survival Themes (1978, East Wind Records)
- Sunfire (1982, Warner Bros. Records)
With Miles Davis
- In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall (1972)
- Dark Magus (1974)
- Pangaea (1975)
- Agharta (1975)
- The Complete On the Corner Sessions
- Get Up With It(1974)
- The Complete Miles Davis at Montreux (1973 only)
- Babatunde Olatunji, Soul Makossa (1973, Paramount)
- Carlos Garnett, Black Love (1974, Muse)
- Carlos Garnett, Journey To Enlightenment (1974, Muse)
- 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. Records)
- Lonnie Liston Smith Visions Of A New World (1975, Flying Dutchman)
- Hubert Eaves Esoteric Funk (1979, East Wind Records)
- 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 Cant Say Enough - (1976, Blue Note)
- Masabumi Kikuchi Wishes/Kochi (1976, Inner City Records)
- Shunzoh Ohno - Bubbles (1976, East Wind)
- Wynn, Ron. Reggie Lucas - Music Biography, Credits and Discography. AllMusic. Retrieved on 2013-04-01.
- Tingen, Paul (2001). Miles Beyond : Electric Explorations of Miles Davis, 1967-1991.
- Taraborrelli, J. Randy (2001). Madonna: An Intimate Biography, p. 76, Simon & Schuster.
- Ivory, Steve, Platinum Success Would Be 'Cure' For Stephanie Mills, Nov 10, 1984.
- O'Brien, Lucy (2008). Madonna: Like an Icon, HarperCollins.
- New Companies, Nov 1, 1986.