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On May 19, 2018.

On May 19, 2018, Reginald Grant Lucas died aged 65. He was musician (guitar), songwriter and producer, started his career performing and recording with Billy Paul and Miles Davis. As producer, composer and sideman he worked with Madonna, Models, The Four Tops, Randy Crawford, Rebbie Jackson, Bunny DeBarge, John Adams, Elisa Fiorillo, The Weather Girls, Nick Scott, Stephanie Mills, Gary Bartz, The Spinners, Lou Rawls, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, James Mtume, Carlos Garnett, Norman Connors, Babatunde Olatunji, Flora Purim, Lonnie Liston Smith, Zbigniew Seifert, Masabumi Kikuchi and Shunzo Ohno. As leader Lucas released two albums.

On October 19, 1995.

On October 19, 1995, Donald Eugene Cherry died aged 58. He was a musician (trumpet), one of the pioneers in world fusion in the 60s and 70s. Cherry recorded and performed with a number of musicians and bands including Ornette Coleman, Paul Bley, Sonny Rollins, New York Contemporary Five, Naná Vasconcelos, La Monte Young, Abdullah Ibrahim, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Brackeen, Codona, Albert Ayler, Clifford Jordan, Steve Lacy, Michael Mantler, Sunny Murray, Jim Pepper, George Russell, Sun Ra, Lou Reed, Charlie Rouse, Albert Heath, James Mtume, Herbie Hancock, Ed Blackwell, Steve Hillage, Collin Walcott, Latif Khan, Johnny Dyani, Masahiko Togashi, Bengt Berger, Rip Rig + Panic, Bengt Berger Bitter Funeral Beer Band, Dag Vag, Frank Lowe, Jai Uttal, and Ed Blackwell.

On May 19, 2018.

On May 19, 2018, Reginald Grant Lucas aka Reggie Lucas died aged 65. He was songwriter, musician (guitar) and record producer. As musician he has recorded and performed with Miles Davis, Carlos Garnett, Babatunde Olatunji, Norman Connors, Flora Purim, Lonnie Liston Smith, Hubert Eaves, Roberta Flack, Urszula Dudziak, James Mtume, Gary Bartz, Zbigniew Seifert, John Lee, Gerry Brown and Masabumi Kikuchi. As producer Lucas worked with Madonna, Mtume, Models, Randy Crawford, Rebbie Jackson, Bunny DeBarge, The Four Tops, John Adams, The Weather Girls, Elisa Fiorillo and Nick Scotti. In 1981, Lucas and James 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 leader, Lucas has recorded two albums.

On December 13, 1977.

On December 13, 1977, “Atlantic” label released “Blue Lights in the Basement”, the sixth Roberta Flack studio album. It was recorded 1976 – 1977, and was produced by Rubina Flake, Joe Ferla and Gene McDaniels.


  • Roberta Flack– vocals, keyboards, arrangements
  • Paul Griffin– keyboards
  • Ronnie Foster– keyboards, background vocals
  • Don Grolnick– keyboards
  • Rob Mounsey– keyboards
  • Leon Pendarvis– keyboards, background vocals, musical arrangements
  • Harry Whitaker – keyboards, musical arrangements
  • Reggie Lucas– guitar
  • Hugh McCracken– guitar, musical arrangements
  • Jeff Mironov – guitar
  • David Spinozza– guitar
  • John Tropea– guitar
  • Michael Kamen– oboe solo, musical arrangements
  • Anthony Jackson– bass guitar
  • Basil Fearrington – bass
  • Will Lee– bass guitar
  • Gary King– bass, musical arrangements
  • Steve Gadd– drums
  • Allan Schwartzberg– drums
  • Jimmy Wong – drums
  • Howard King – drums
  • Idris Muhammad– drums
  • Crusher Bennett – percussion
  • David Carey – percussion
  • Jimmy Maelen– percussion
  • James Mtume– percussion, background vocals
  • Jim Gilstrap, Lani Groves, Gwen Guthrie, Yvonne Lewis, Gene McDaniels, Zach Sanders, Brenda White, Deniece Williams– background vocals

Track listing:

  1. Why Don’t You Move in with Me – Gene McDaniels
  2. The Closer I Get to You – Reggie Lucas, James Mtume
  3. Fine, Fine Day – Rachel Perry
  4. This Time I’ll Be Sweeter – Pat Grant, Gwen Guthrie
  5. 25th of Last December – Gene McDaniels
  6. After You – Michael Masser, Ron Miller
  7. I’d Like to Be Baby to You – Morgan Ames
  8. Soul Deep – Wayne Carson
  9. Love is the Healing – Gene McDaniels
  10. Where I’ll Find You – David McHugh

On April 19, 1974.


On April 19, 1974, “Columbia” label released “Big Fun” a double album by Miles Davis. It was recorded November 1969; February and March 1970, and June 1972, at “Columbia Studios B and E”, and was produced by Teo Macero.


  • Miles Davis– trumpet, electric trumpet with wah wah
  • Sonny Fortune– soprano saxophone, flute
  • Bennie Maupin– clarinet, flute
  • Carlos Garnett– soprano saxophone
  • Lonnie Liston Smith– piano
  • Harold I. Williams, Jr. –piano
  • Michael Henderson– electric bass
  • Al Foster– drums
  • Billy Hart– drums
  • Badal Roy– tabla
  • James Mtume– African percussion
  • Wayne Shorter– soprano saxophone
  • Bennie Maupin– bass clarinet
  • John McLaughlin– guitar
  • Joe Zawinul– electric piano
  • Chick Corea– electric piano
  • Dave Holland– electric bass guitar, double bass
  • Billy Cobham– triangle, drums
  • Jack DeJohnette– drums
  • Airto Moreira– cuíca, percussion, berimbau, Indian instruments
  • Steve Grossman– soprano saxophone
  • Larry Young– organ, celeste
  • Khalil Balakrishna– electric sitar
  • Bihari Sharima– tamboura
  • Harvey Brooks– electric bass guitar
  • Herbie Hancock– electric piano
  • Seth Rothstein – project director
  • Frank Laico, Stan Tonkel – audio engineer
  • Russ Payne, Stan Weiss, John Guerriere – mix engineer
  • Steve Berkowitz –A&R for Legacy
  • Patti Matheny, Darren Salmieri –A&R coordination
  • Corky McCoy– cover art

Track listing:

  1. Great Expectations – Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul
  • Great Expectations – Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul
  • Orange Lady – Joe Zawinul
  1. Ife – Miles Davis
  2. Recollections – Joe Zawinul
  3. Trevere – Miles Davis
  4. Go Ahead John – Miles Davis
  5. Lonely Fire – Miles Davis
  6. The Little Blue Frog – Miles Davis
  7. Yaphet – Miles Davis

On November 22. 1974.


On November 22, 1974, “Columbia” label released Miles Davis album “Get Up with It”.  It was recorded 1970 – 1974, at the “Columbia Studios E and B” in New York, and was produced by Teo Macero.


  • Miles Davis— electric trumpet with wah-wah, organ
  • Dave Liebman— alto flute
  • Pete Cosey— electric guitar
  • Reggie Lucas— electric guitar
  • Dominique Gaumont— electric guitar
  • Michael Henderson— bass guitar
  • James Mtume— percussion
  • John Stubblefield— soprano saxophone
  • Al Foster— drums
  • Lester Chambers— harmonica
  • Cornell Dupree— electric guitar
  • Bernard Purdie— drums
  • Wade Marcus— brass arrangement
  • Billy Jackson — rhythm arrangement
  • Sonny Fortune— flute
  • Carlos Garnett— soprano saxophone
  • Cedric Lawson— fender rhodes electric piano
  • Khalil Balakrishna— electric sitar
  • Badal Roy— tabla
  • Steve Grossman— soprano saxophone
  • John McLaughlin— electric guitar
  • Keith Jarrett— electric piano
  • Herbie Hancock— clavinet
  • Billy Cobham— drums
  • Airto Moreira— percussion,

Track listing:

All tracks by Miles Davis.

  1. He Loved Him Madly
  2. Maiysha
  3. Honky Tonk
  4. Rated X
  5. Calypso Frelimo
  6. Red China Blues
  7. Mtume
  8. Billy Preston