Reggie Lucas dead at 65
On Saturday (May 19) American musician, songwriter and record producer Reggie Lucas died of heart disease at a Manhattan hospital in New York City, at the age of 65.
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.
The versatile musician was present for some of the most divisive music of the 1970s and some of the most unifying music of the 1980s. He played on “On the Corner,” one of Mr. Davis’s most difficult and, in its day, critically derided albums. And he produced six of the eight songs on Madonna’s 1983 debut album, including the breakthrough hits “Lucky Star,” “Borderline” (which he also wrote) and “Burning Up.”
While a heart attack in 1991 would affect his health for the rest of his life, Lucas remained an active recording artist and family man.
He is survived by his daughter Lisa, his mother Annie Wolinsky; his wife Leslie Lucas; his brother Gregory; and a son, Julian.