Prolific soul and disco producer/writer/engineer PATRICK ADAMS died on Wednesday 22nd June. He was 72 and the sad news was reported by his daughter, Joi Sanchez who said. “He who dubbed me joy at birth, taught me how to live in love, made himself unforgettable in every way to me and to so many others in the world. Patrick Adams has moved on but some of us, like me, will forever be stuck [happily] in what he created for us and by us. My father passed away earlier today in his sleep at the golden age of 72 after living a life of music. Forever grateful for what I learned from him? Who I became because of who he was.” No cause of death was given but it’s known that Adams had been ill for some time.
Born up in the streets of Harlem, Patrick Adams came into his own in the hedonistic disco days of the 70s. His first band was called Sparks but he soon realised that his real talent lay in producing music – music with a good time, up-beat feel. His track record included working on hits with people like Sister Sledge, Musique, Loleatta Holloway, Eddie Kendricks, Gladys Knight and cult band Black Ivory who Adams also managed. He also worked as engineer on many hip-hop projects in the early days of the genre.
His production/engineering skills won Adams a slew of awards and countless admirers including Nile Rodgers who tweeted “#ripPatrickAdams One of my favourite #composer #producer #musicians and #people. The world of music owes you so much.”