Legendary disco and R&B maestro Patrick Adams, whose prolific work spanned decades with a host of iconic collaborators, has died aged 72.

The New York native began his magical musical journey as a teenager after seeing The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. Soon after, he got his own electric guitar and started pushing the boundaries of music. Adams played around with different performance styles and techniques before joining R&B quartet The Sparks where he performed covers of some of popular music’s greatest songs.

After hitting the road with The Commodores and Jerry Butler as a member of The Sparks – and after a stint as a manager at Perception/Today Records – Adams branched out. It was hard at first, but after a night out in 1975, the musician met Donna Summer“Love to Love You Baby” for the first time. Like when he first saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, it has been transformed. Thus began Adam’s historic disco adventure.

Adams produced the hypnotic “Atmosphere Strut” as Cloud One, a band-like front for a full-fledged disco company. As he began to create an album under the name Cloud One, he produced more hits, such as “Disco Juice”. Soon, he collaborates in the studio on discs with Sister LugeMusic, Loleatta Holloway, Eddie Kendricks, Gladys ChevalierBlack Ivory, Salt-N-Pepa, and more. Then there were also the contributions to Eric B. & Rakimit is fully paid and follow the leader as well as projects of Teddy Riley and Keith Sweat.

“Patrick Adams is not only one of my favorite songwriters/producers, he’s also one of my biggest influences.” Nil Rodgers Told Red Bull Music Academy in 2017. “Although composers like to think we’re original, I don’t mind admitting that I sometimes copy bits of Patrick’s chord progressions.”

He added, “They were some of the smartest and most dynamic back when CHIC started. It’s easy to give props to big tracks like “In The Bush”, “Caught Up In One Night Love Affairs”, but I really like songs like “I’m A Love Bug” and “Dance & Shake Your Tambourine.’ Patrick is a master at keeping butts off the dance floor. A real music machine!