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#Goodnight Reggie Lucas

(May 19, 2018) He was a Grammy-winning musician and a hitmaking songwriter and producer who spread a lot of joy over the years. We’re sad to report the death of Reggie Lucas, one of the great soul music songwriters and producers of the late 70s and early 80s, at age 65.

(May 19, 2018) He was a Grammy-winning musician and a hitmaking songwriter and producer who spread a lot of joy over the years. We’re sad to report the death of Reggie Lucas, one of the great soul music songwriters and producers of the late 70s and early 80s, at age 65.

Lucas’s daughter, Lisa (the head of the National Book Foundation), posted today on Facebook, “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.”

Along with songwriting partner James Mtume, Lucas wrote some of the classiest soul music songs of the late 70s, many of which helped the formation of the urban adult contemporary genre that would dominate a decade later. Hits like “The Closer I Get to You” by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, and “I Never Knew Love Like This Before,” by Stephanie Mills, were monster smashes that have grown in stature to true classics.

The Queens, New York, born artist was obsessed with music of all kinds from childhood, and that impacted his expansive talent expressed in his work. He wrote, “At thirteen, I was jamming in small high school bands and listening to everything I could get my hands on. Psychedelic rock, funk, blues, jazz rock, soul, folk rock, you name it, I was into it. The sixties in NYC was a mecca for live music, and from the Fillmore to Central Park to Woodstock to the clubs in Greenwich Village, I was there.” By age 17, he was working in “Me and Mrs. Jones” singer Billy Paul’s band, and two years later joined the band of legendary jazz man Miles Davis. It was during a hiatus with Davis that Lucas was recruited by friend Mtume into Roberta Flack’s backing band, and when their historic musical collaboration began.

Lucas also produced Madonna’s debut album and wrote her #1 hit “Borderline,” helping to launch one of the biggest stars of the latter 20th Century. He also worked with such acts as Lou Rawls, The Four Tops, Randy Crawford and more. He also formed the band Sunfire, which had a brief recording career in the 1980s.

When a musical giant like Lucas dies at an age when many are still vibrant, it is always sad. But Reggie Lucas created so many happy moments for soul and pop music fans, that his work will be celebrated long after the sadness of today ends. Rest in peace, Mr. Lucas.

Lucas’s daughter, Lisa (the head of the National Book Foundation), posted today on Facebook, “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.”

Along with songwriting partner James Mtume, Lucas wrote some of the classiest soul music songs of the late 70s, many of which helped the formation of the urban adult contemporary genre that would dominate a decade later. Hits like “The Closer I Get to You” by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, and “I Never Knew Love Like This Before,” by Stephanie Mills, were monster smashes that have grown in stature to true classics.

The Queens, New York, born artist was obsessed with music of all kinds from childhood, and that impacted his expansive talent expressed in his work. He wrote, “At thirteen, I was jamming in small high school bands and listening to everything I could get my hands on. Psychedelic rock, funk, blues, jazz rock, soul, folk rock, you name it, I was into it. The sixties in NYC was a mecca for live music, and from the Fillmore to Central Park to Woodstock to the clubs in Greenwich Village, I was there.” By age 17, he was working in “Me and Mrs. Jones” singer Billy Paul’s band, and two years later joined the band of legendary jazz man Miles Davis. It was during a hiatus with Davis that Lucas was recruited by friend Mtume into Roberta Flack’s backing band, and when their historic musical collaboration began.

Lucas also produced Madonna’s debut album and wrote her #1 hit “Borderline,” helping to launch one of the biggest stars of the latter 20th Century. He also worked with such acts as Lou Rawls, The Four Tops, Randy Crawford and more. He also formed the band Sunfire, which had a brief recording career in the 1980s.

When a musical giant like Lucas dies at an age when many are still vibrant, it is always sad. But Reggie Lucas created so many happy moments for soul and pop music fans, that his work will be celebrated long after the sadness of today ends. Rest in peace, Mr. Lucas.

 

Source:  SoulTracks

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Good Night Stephen Hawking

 

Stephen Hawking is the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller. Now the Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Founder of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge, his other books for the general reader include A Briefer History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe and The Universe in a Nutshell.

In 1963, Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. From 1979 to 2009 he held the post of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. Professor Hawking has over a dozen honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science. Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.Steven Hawking

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#GoodNight Edwin Hawkins

By any measure, the late 60s song “Oh Happy Day” was one of the great Gospel songs of all time, and is arguably the most important crossover song that brought that genre to popular audiences. We are sorry to report that the legendary choir leader who brought that song to the world, Edwin Hawkins, has died at age 74. Edwin Hawkins

Edwin and and his brother, Bishop Walter Hawkins, founded the Edwin Hawkins & Walter Hawkins Music and Arts Love Fellowship Conference, an annual convention that educated attendees on both the music and the ministry of Gospel. It remained a popular annual event for three decades. As Edwin explained on his Facebook page“In my travels, I‘ve met many talented young folks whose only outlet is in the church. There needed to be ways to help them further develop their skills and abilities to the glory of God, so I decided to help them find themselves in the arts. I felt it incumbent upon me to marshal the finest artists and musicians, who are able to teach this diverse perspective of music and arts, which has resulted in both national and international interest.”

Source: Soul Tracks

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#GoodNight Betty Willis

Betty Willis was killed on the morning of New Year’s Day in Santa Ana, California. 22 year old Rosendo Xo Pec has been charged with murder and sexual assault, after he allegedly attacked Willis in a shopping mall parking lot, killing her. Willis was 76, and was reportedly homeless, living on the streets of Santa Ana.

After she left the music business, Ms. Willis worked for several years for the US Postal Service in Santa Ana.

It is a tragic event ending the life of a talented singer who had several modest hits in the 1960s, including “Take Your Heart,” “Act Naturally” and “Ain’t Gonna Do You No Good.”

We send our prayers along to Ms. Willis’s family and share the grief of fans for this inexplicable, senseless taking of her life.