The former Miles Davis electric band guitarist and onetime Madonna producer was 65 years old
Born Reginald Grant Lucas in the New York borough of Queens in 1953, the guitarist, producer and songwriter was a member of Miles Davis's electric band from 1972–76, but is more popularly known for his production work on Madonna's self titled debut album.
Lucas's musical career began at the age of 16 in 1969 as a guitar player for Billy Paul of Philadelphia International Records. A few years later he went on to work with Miles Davis alongside Pete Cosey, Michael Henderson, Al Foster and percussionist James Mtume. The latter became the production partner with whom he worked on records by Stephanie Dorthea Mills and Rena Scott, among others. The pair also played together in Roberta Flack's band.
One of Lucas's first solo production works was Madonna’s self-titled 1983 album, but, as noted in The Times, it was not an easy task. Lucas had been bought in to add an R&B element to her debut – in the event, the only album of hers he worked on due to creative differences. As producer he was superseded by his childhood friend Nile Rodgers.
Lucas wrote and produced a 1976 solo set called Survival Themes for East Wind Records; and in 1982 Sunfire, his group featuring percussionist Rowland Smith and drummer Raymond Calhoun, released their self-titled album. Lucas also worked with The Weather Girls, Norman Connors and Gary Bartz, among many others.
In 1986 Lucas opened his Quantum Sound recording studio in Jersey City. In 1991 he suffered a heart attack. On 19 May he died of heart disease in Manhattan hospital, New York City.