Reggie Lucas, the Grammy-winning musician who played with Miles Davis in the 1970s and produced the bulk of Madonna’s debut album, has died. He was 65.
Lucas was born on Feb. 25, 1953 in the Queens borough of New York City. After playing with Davis in the 70s, Lucas began a musical partnership with percussionist James Mtume. Together they wrote hits like Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s “The Closer I Get to You” — later covered by Beyonce and Luther Vandross — and Stephanie Mills’ “Never Knew Love Like This Before,” which won the duo the Grammy for best R&B song.
Lucas went on to produce the majority of Madonna’s 1983 self-titled debut album, which sold more than 5 million units and included the hits “Borderline” and “Lucky Star.”
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