Reg­gie Lu­cas, who worked with Miles Davis and Madonna, dies

South Florida Times - - OBITUARIES - As­so­ci­ated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - 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.

The per­former's daugh­ter, Lisa Lu­cas, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that her fa­ther died from com­pli­ca­tions with his heart early Satur­day in New York City.

“Af­ter a long and ar­du­ous strug­gle with his phys­i­cal heart (his emo­tional one was per­fect) he was called home. I wish he'd had more time, I wish we'd all had more time with him, but he left this world ab­so­lutely cov­ered in love, with his hands held and his fam­ily be­side him. I'm glad he's at peace now,'' Lisa Lu­cas wrote on her Face­book page.

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.”

In ad­di­tion to his daugh­ter, Lu­cas is sur­vived by his wife Les­lie Lu­cas; his son Ju­lian Lu­cas; his mother An­nie Wolin­sky; and his brother Greg Lu­cas.

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Reg­gie Lu­cas

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