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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 April 18, 1996.

On April 18, 1996, Bernard Edwards died aged 43. He was musician (bass), singer, songwriter and record producer, co-founder of the band Chic. As musician and producer he worked with David Bowie, Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry, Madonna, The Power Station, Duran Duran, Norma Jean Wright, Mick Jagger, Joe Cocker, Paul Simon, Sheila and B. Devotion, Nona Hendryx, Robert Palmer, Belouis Some, Air Supply, Rod Stewart, Adam Ant and James Freud. As leader Edwards released one album. In 2017, “Bass Player” magazine placed Edwards at number 53 on its list of the “Greatest Bassist of All Time”.

On March 6, 2009.

On March 6, 2009, David Williams died aged 58. He was musician (guitar, bass guitar), vocalist, song writer and music producer, known as a prominent and most in demand session guitarist. He worked with The Dells, The Temptations, Madonna, Michael Jackson,  Chanson, The Pointer Sisters, Peter Allen, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, Julio Iglesias, George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer, Michael McDonald, Melissa Manchester, Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart, Dionne Warwick, Shalamar, Go West, ABC, Boz Scaggs, Karen Carpenter, Mariah Carey, Julian Lennon, Bryan Ferry, Paul McCartney, Johnny Mathis, Del Shannon, Chaka Khan, Paul Hardcastle, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Lionel Richie, Jessica Simpson, Diana Ross, the Crusaders, Andraé Crouch, Eddie Murphy, Herbie Hancock, Peter Cetera, Whitney Houston and Monkey Business. As leader he released two albums.

On February 9, 1992.

On February 9, 1992, “Chrysalis” label released “Sunrise on the Sufferbus”, the second Masters of Reality studio album. It was recorded in 1991, and was produced by Chris Goss, Ginger Baker and Googe.

Personnel:

  • Chris Goss – vocals, guitars, keyboards
  • Googe – bass, backing vocals
  • Ginger Baker – lead and backing vocals, drums
  • Daniel Rey, Jason Corsaro – co-production

Track listing:

All tracks by Chris Goss, except where noted.

  1. She Got Me (When She Got Her Dress On)
  2. J.B. Witchdance – Ginger Baker, Chris Goss
  3. Jody Sings
  4. Rolling Green
  5. Ants in the Kitchen – Ginger Baker, Chris Goss
  6. V.H.V. – Googe, Chris Goss
  7. Bicycle
  8. 100 Years (Of Tears on the Wind)
  9. T.U.S.A. – Ginger Baker, Googe, Chris Goss, Daniel Rey
  10. Tilt-A-Whirl
  11. Rabbit One
  12. Madonna
  13. Gimme Water – Ginger Baker, Chris Goss
  14. Moon in Your Pocket

On August 5, 1992.

On August 5, 1992, Jeffrey Thomas Porcaro died aged 38. He was a songwriter, musician (drums), and record producer, best known as the drummer with Toto. He was one of the most south after session drummers in popular music, played on hundreds of albums and worked with numerous artists such as Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, George Benson, Greg Lake, Seals & Crofts, Les Dudek, Joe Cocker, Steely Dan, The Jacksons, Tommy Bolin, Jackson Browne, Leo Sayer, Boz Scaggs, Carly Simon, Eric Carmen, Valerie Carter, Lisa Dal Bello, Hall & Oates, Diana Ross, Colin Blunstone, Larry Carlton, Allen Toussaint, Dave Mason, Warren Zevon, Ruben Blades, Bim, Jerry Williams, Al Stewart, Marc Jordan, Rickie Lee Jones, Janne Schaffer, Lowell George, Aretha Franklin, Jon Anderson, Luis Miguel, Love and Money, Patti Austin, Mariya Takeuchi, The Brothers Johnson, Peter Frampton, Bee Gees, Char, Christopher Cross, Randy Crawford, Al Jarreau, Amii Ozaki, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Eye to Eye, Donna Summer, Elton John, Melissa Manchester, Donald Fagen, Herbie Hancock, Don Henley, Michael McDonald, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Russ Taff, Chicago, David Gilmour Joe Walsh, Eric Clapton, Peter cetera, Earth Wind & Fire, roger Hodgson, David Benoit, Dr. John, Steve Porcaro, Nik Kershaw, Poco, Clair Mario, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, Madonna, Jude Cole, Sandy Patty, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Bolton, Cher, Dire Straits, Richard Marx, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, B-52’s, Go West, 10CC, Roger Waters, Paul Young, and David Crosby. In 1993, Porcaro was posthumously inducted into the “Modern Drummer Hall of Fame”.

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.

In August 1988.

In August 1988, “Fine Art” label released “Interior Design”, the fifteen Sparks album. It was recorded in 1988, at “The Pentagon Studio” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

Personnel:

  • Russell Mael – vocals
  • Ron Mael- keyboards
  • Spencer Sircombe – guitar
  • Pamela Stonebrooke – background vocals
  • John Thomas – keyboards, engineering

Track listing:

All tracks by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

  1. So Important
  2. Just Got Back From Heaven
  3. Lots of Reasons
  4. You’ve Got a Hold of My Heart
  5. Love-O-Rama
  6. The Toughest Girl in Town
  7. Let’s Make Love
  8. Stop Me if You’ve Heard this Before
  9. A Walk Down Memory Lane
  10. Madonna

On June 30, 1986.

True_Blue

On June 30, 1986, “Sire” label released “True Blue”, the third Madonna studio album. It was recorded December 1985–April 1986, at “Channel Recording Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Madonna, Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard. “True Blue” was global commercial success, reaching number one in record-breaking 28 countries worldwide, spending 34 consecutive weeks at the top of the “European Top 100 Albums” chart, longer than any other album in history. It became the world’s top-selling album of 1986,and the best-selling album of the 1980s by a female artist. In 1986, as recognition of her impact on the popular culture, Madonna became the first female artist to receive the “Video Vanguard Award” at the 1986 “MTV Video Music Awards”.

Personnel:

  • Madonna – lead and background vocals
  • Paulinho da Costa– percussion
  • Bruce Gaitsch – guitars
  • Siedah Garrett– background vocals
  • Dann Huff– guitar
  • Jackie Jackson– background vocals
  • Paul Jackson, Jr.– guitar
  • Dave Boroff – saxophone
  • Stephen Bray– music programming, drums, keyboards, drum programming
  • Keithen Carter – background vocals
  • Edie Lehmann – background vocals
  • John Putnam – guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • David Williams – background vocals, guitar, rhythm guitar
  • Fred Zarr – keyboards
  • Patrick Leonard– drum programming, drums, keyboards, programming
  • Richard Marx– background vocals
  • Billy Meyers – string arrangements
  • Jonathan Moffett – background vocals, drums, percussion
  • Dan Nebenzal – mixing, mixing assistant
  • Michael Hutchinson – engineer
  • Michael Verdick – engineer, mixing
  • Ted Jensenat Sterling Sound, NYC – mastering
  • Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff – art direction
  • Jeri McManus – art direction, design
  • Herb Ritts– photography

Track listing:

  1. Papa Don’t Preach – Brain Elliot, Madonna
  2. Open Your Heart – Madonna, Gardner Cole, Peter Rafelson
  3. White Heat – Patrick Leonard, Madonna
  4. Live to Tell – Patrick Leonard, Madonna
  5. Where’s the Party – Madonna, Stephen Bray, Patrick Leonard
  6. True Blue – Madonna, Stephen Bray
  7. La Isla Bonita – Madonna, Patrick Leonard, Bruce Gaitsch
  8. Jimmy Jimmy – Madonna, Stephen Bray
  9. Love Makes the World Go Round – Madonna, Patrick Leonard

 

 

On March 21, 1989.

Like_a_Prayer

On March 21, 1989, “Sire” label released “Like a Prayer”, the fourth Madonna studio album. It was recorded September 1988 – January 1989, at “D&D Recording” in New York City, “Ocean Way Recording” in Hollywood, and was produced by Madonna, Patrick Leonard, Stephen Bray and Prince. In 2003, magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked the album at number 239 of its list of “500 greatest album of all time”. In 2006, magazine “Q” ranked the album at number 14 in its list of “40 Best Albums of the ’80s”. In 2012, “Slant Magazine” ranked the album at number 20 on its list of “Best Albums of the 1980s”. “Like a Prayer” was certified quadruple platinum by “RIAA”.

Personnel:

  • Madonna, Niki Haris, Marilyn Martin, Donna DeLory, Ali Nadirah, Lynne Fiddmont, Rose Banks, Marcos Loya, The Andrae Crouch Choir – vocals
  • Jonathan Moffett, Jeff Porcaro, John Robinson – drums
  • Luis Conte, Paulinho da Costa – percussion
  • Guy Pratt, Randy Jackson – bass
  • Chester Kamen, David Williams, Dann Huff, Bruce Gaitsch – guitar
  • Marcos Loya – requinto
  • Patrick Leonard, Jai Winding, Stephen Bray, Madonna – synthesizer
  • Patrick Leonard – acoustic piano, B3 organ, clavinet
  • Joe Porcaro – marimba
  • Sandra Crouch – tambourine
  • Chuck Findley, David Boruff, Steven Madaio, Dick Hyde – brass section
  • Joseph Mayer, Richard Todd – French horns
  • Larry Corbett – solo cello
  • Chuck Findley – horn arrangements
  • Bill Meyers – strings arranged and conducted
  • Suzie Katayama – concertmaster
  • Bill Bottrell, Eddie Miller, Stephen Shelton, Heidi Hanschu – engineers
  • Michael Vail Blum, Robert Salcedo, Stacy Baird, Joe Schiff – additional engineers
  • Bill Bottrell – mixing
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Herb Ritts – photography
  • Jeri Heiden – art design

Track listing:

All tracks by Madonna, except where noted.

  1. Like a Prayer – Madonna and Patrick Leonard
  2. Express Yourself – Madonna and Stephen Bray
  3. Love Song – Madonna, Prince and Roger Nelson
  4. Till Death Do Us part
  5. Promise to Try
  6. Cherish
  7. Dear Jessie
  8. Oh Father
  9. Keep It Together – Madonna and Stephen Bray
  10. Spanish Eyes
  11. Art of Contrition