Patrick Adams

Real Name:
Patrick Peter Owen Adams
Patrick Adams (born: March 17, 1950 in Harlem, New York City, U.S.A. / died: June 21, 2022) was an US disco, soul and boogie producer, arranger, songwriter and musician.

He was known primarily for his production and songwriting work on the New York-based labels P&P Records, Red Greg Records, Salsoul Records, Prelude Records and major labels like Atlantic, as well as his studio projects Cloud One, Bumblebee Unlimited, Inner Life, Musique, Phreek and The Universal Robot Band. He has won the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award 3 times and has earned 32 gold and platinum records.

Patrick's childhood was spent singing in choirs and attending concerts at the legendary Apollo Theater. His father bought him a trumpet and in his teens Adams began playing guitar and writing songs. He honed his arranging skills by dissecting the song structure and arrangement patterns of the records he heard on the radio.
In 1970 he was appointed Vice President of A&R for Perception Records (5)/Today Records where he discovered teenage vocal trio Black Ivory and met his future friend and longtime musical collaborator Leroy Burgess.
In 1974 Adams left Perception Records (5)/Today Records and started his own production company, Patrick Adams Productions, Inc. He met Peter Brown of P&P Records through mutual friend Lonnie Johnson and started producing experimental records for Peter's many labels. He also formed a musical collective called the The P.A. System. Some of the artists he has worked with include Ace Spectrum, Black Ivory, Bruni Pagan, Candi Staton, Debbie Taylor, Eddie Kendricks, Fonda Rae, Gladys Knight, Herbie Mann, Loleatta Holloway, Main Ingredient, Narada Michael Walden, Rick James, The Salsoul Orchestra, Shannon, Sister Sledge, Skipworth & Turner, The Spinners and more.
In the '80s he started working as an engineer at Power Play Studios and did work for artists like Eric B. & Rakim, Heavy D. & The Boyz, Keith Sweat, R. Kelly, Salt-N-Pepa and Teddy Riley.
There are numerous projects behind which his name lies. He never used his name except in the project "Patrick Adams presents Phreek".
Apart from that, we can find his credits in hundreds of records he has worked for.
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SD 19213 Patrick Adams - Patrick Adams Presents Phreek album art Patrick Adams Presents Phreek Patrick Adams Presents Phreek - Patrick Adams Presents Phreek (Album) Atlantic SD 19213 US 1978 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

P&P 12-1818 Patrick Adams - Spaced Out album art Cloud One, Gilyard* & PAP* Cloud One, Gilyard* & PAP* - Spaced Out(12") P&P Records P&P 12-1818 US 1977 Sell This Version
LV 11, MS 5088X Patrick Adams - Weekend / Have A Good Day (Remix) album art Patrick Adams Presents Phreek Patrick Adams Presents Phreek - Weekend / Have A Good Day (Remix) (Single) Atlantic, Atlantic LV 11, MS 5088X UK 1978 Sell This Version
DMD 725 Patrick Adams - Michael's Medley album art Patrick Adams Michael's Medley Mirage (2) DMD 725 US 1984 Sell This Version
TSR 02 Patrick Adams - Jack In The Bush album art Patrick Adams Featuring Lari Lee* Patrick Adams Featuring Lari Lee* - Jack In The Bush(12") 30th Street Records Inc. TSR 02 US 1987 Sell This Version
DL-400 Patrick Adams - Classic Mixes Vol. 1 album art Patrick Adams Classic Mixes Vol. 1(2x12") Disco Legends DL-400 UK 2001 Sell This Version
NER24390, 091012 439063 Patrick Adams - Rebel Nation album art Louie VegaPatrick AdamsCloud Two Feat. Anané Louie VegaPatrick AdamsCloud Two Feat. Anané - Rebel Nation Nervous Records NER24390, 091012 439063 US 2019 Sell This Version
BBE 500, 193483887722 Patrick Adams - Barely Breaking Even album art Louie Vega Presents Leroy Burgess & The Universal Robot Band Feat. Patrick Adams Louie Vega Presents Leroy Burgess & The Universal Robot Band Feat. Patrick Adams - Barely Breaking Even BBE BBE 500, 193483887722 UK 2019 Sell This Version
SSD65004P Patrick Adams - Weekend album art Patrick Adams Presents Phreek Patrick Adams Presents Phreek - Weekend(12") South Street Disco SSD65004P UK 2019 Sell This Version


TEG-3307 Patrick Adams - The Master Of The Masterpiece (The Very Best Of Mr. Patrick Adams) album art Patrick Adams The Master Of The Masterpiece (The Very Best Of Mr. Patrick Adams) (Comp) Traffic Entertainment Group TEG-3307 US 2006 Sell This Version
TEG 3314 CD Patrick Adams - The Master Of The Masterpiece 2 (More Of The Best Of Patrick Adams) album art Patrick Adams The Master Of The Masterpiece 2 (More Of The Best Of Patrick Adams) (Comp) Traffic Entertainment Group TEG 3314 CD US 2008 Sell This Version
PP-2002 Patrick Adams - Best Of P&P Records album art Patrick Adams Best Of P&P Records (Comp, Album) P&P Records PP-2002 US 2012 Sell This Version

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June 28, 2022
So sorry to have heard of his passing. He was a great soul to have worked with personally and his music will forever live on in my mind on the soundtrack of my life, wow so much memories of him and his music. RIP


June 23, 2022
RIP Patrick Adams - unlike so many here who knew him personally and have written beautiful accounts of the man, I'm merely just a former naive crate digger who unwittingly found my first P&P record and had my mind blown into a whole new sonic dimension. I'm glad that happened, and glad the good vibes are supported by all these testaments to the good man behind the good vibes.


June 23, 2022
R I P Uncle Pat. I spent a lot of the 80' and 90's with this man. I always bring his name up because I learned so much from him. I remember hanging out with him while he produced Eric B and Rakim's Album and a lot of others at Power Play Studios. He produced the first record that I was on under RSP records. U will be missed !!!!


June 23, 2022
Today…another Legend has left the building.
R.I.P. Patrick Adams
One of my All-Time favorite Writer/Producer & Arranger.
You’ll see everyone praising him for the unforgettable Dance/Disco “C L A S S I C S” created with his skill, deservedly so. His signature strings and horn arrangements are legendary. Thanks to the times we live in I had the opportunity to interact with him these last few years on social media and express my appreciation for his work to him. But people seem to forget about all the other musical gems at the other end of the musical spectrum. The mid tempo and down tempo ballads/songs he created for groups like Black Ivory, Ace Spectrum, Caress, Art Webb, The Eight Minutes, Four Below Zero, and so many more - these songs are staples in my SlowJam mixes as they should be in anybody’s mix. All the 1-offs he produced that I had to hunt down, like the bangers he did for Sharon Brown, Center Stage and Shannon, not big commercial hits but great songs nonetheless. Back then I could sniff out a PA Production within 8 bars,😎.
This is truly a great loss to the world of music and the planet in general.
The MusiQ Lives On.


June 22, 2022
RIP Maestro Professor. You'll be alive always on any song.


June 22, 2022
RIP, Patrick Adams. An absolute master and a giant who gave us so much.

(I can't believe his wikipedia page is only about a paragraph long, we can do better)


June 22, 2022
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They can't.. you know. And don't.
Neither will we.
Doesn't stop us from wishing it though.
So it is with this man.
This quiet, humble genius... who took the time to see in me.. what I could not yet see. And presented it to the World.. even as he presented it to me.
Words fail miserably at times such as these...
.. Having no real power to convey the immensity of the actual reality. And we reflect upon the nearly unfathomable Blessing of GOD'S Gift of our moments together.
Patrick's work resounds around my heart.
Guiding my steps.. decade after decade.. like it always belonged there. It did.
And as his Spirit ascends into The KINGDOM we all hope to one day traverse, I carry it still. So very proudly.
GOD has him now.
He was always HIS.
And for fifty-four years of my life, he was mine too.

Christine Wiltshire: “ It is with the heaviest of hearts that I post this. My mentor, best friend, father of my daughter, and the man who gave me the opportunity to have the career that I've been blessed with is gone. Yesterday, Patrick passed away after a long and difficult battle with cancer. His musical influence was 2nd to none and I know there is not one of you who didn't sing along or tap your feet to one of his creations. In my eyes he will always be a Legend! As arrangements are made, they will be announced in the near future.” 😢🙏💖

Stuart Bascombe: “Thank you Patrick for all that you shared of your gifts. For all of the music, wit, insights and often cryptic responses. Thank you for taking a chance on 5 teenage aspiring recording artists and devoting time and talent to helping them to achieve a measure of their dreams. 5 eventually became 3 and our feet were placed firmly on the path that would change all of our lives forever.
Thank you for the brotherhood that grew between Leroy Burgess, Russell Patterson and I as a result and a catalog of music that continues to sustain us 50 plus years later.
May your spirit transport you swiftly towards union with the Divine. May the Ancestors rejoice as you join their ranks. May your name and works be remembered forever and a day.
May God grant comfort and understanding to all who love you.”

Russell Patterson: “ In the fall of 1968 Leroy Burgess and Stuart Bascombe invited me to become a member of Black Ivory. I was elated until they informed me their manager, Patrick Adams had to meet me first.
When the meeting was scheduled I expected an older man. I was 16yrs old at the time and never expected to meet someone four years older than me. I was also surprised by his musical talent!
Manager, producer, songwriter Patrick Adams changed my life!
I will forever be thankful to him for helping me achieve my dream of becoming a professional singer. And I will always remember and miss that mischievous smile of his.
Please rest in peace with the ancestors and know you are loved!”

Rochelle Fleming: “I am so so sorry to hear about the passing of the fabulous Patrick Adams. The last time I had seen him was a few years back at an event. It was such a pleasure working with him on one of my earliest solo projects, "Love Itch" on Prelude Records. May he rest in eternal peace.” 💔

David Charles ‘DC’ LaRue: “PATRICK ADAMS (1950-2022)
My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Without a doubt one of the most influential writers, producers, arrangers and artists on the planet. In his lifetime, this gentleman helped establish disco as a major worldwide musical genre.
His presence on the planet will be genuinely missed.
I was an honor and a privilege to have worked with him in the studio and to have been able to have called him a friend.

Ray Caviano (RFC Records): “RIP PATRICK ADAMS #DanceMusicPioneer
The Dance Music Community mours the passing of the legendary PATRICK ADAMS, the architect of some of the most prolific and creative Dance music ever produced.
I was extremely proud and honored to have worked with PATRICK with the Venus Dodson album on Warner/RFC RECORDS.”

Marc Mac: “Rest In Peace. We’ve lost a giant. Someone more of us should have known. #PatrickAdams
“If you have listened to the radio at all in the last 40 years, chances are you’ve heard one of Patrick Adams’s songs. He has worked in almost every facet of the industry – songwriting, producing, arranging, engineering, and having an indelible influence on artists across genres. While Adams’s name is spoken with respect within the music industry, he’s barely known outside of it.” - Melissa Locker
We must never stop showcasing the great music our elders left for us and the great talented musicians responsible for the foundations we all jump on today.”

Kirk Degiorgio: “The greatest to ever do it. Disco king. RIP Patrick Adams.”

Dave Lee: “ Very sad news today, the veteran soul disco producer/song writer Patrick Adams has passed. When it comes to the style of music i love Patrick was one of the best that ever lived, especially when it came to his chords and string arrangements. Here’s a few he wrote and produced - Musique - In the Bush, Keep On Jumpin, Cloud One - Atmosphere Strut, Flying High, Rainbow Brown - Till you Surrender, Sine - Just Let Me do My Thing, Main Ingredient - Evening on Love, Donna Mcgee - It Ain't No Big Thing - and that's just some of the better known ones. The word genius gets over used these days but Patrick was one. I never met him but we exchanged many messages on here and i recently re watched his Redbull interview, he had an interesting intelligent perspective on music. Safe onward journey Mr Adams, your music lives on.”

John Luongo: “Patrick was overlooked when it came to awards, a quiet genius who immersed himself in his music as he would create songs, dreaming of instrumentation and arrangements worthy of the finest acknowledgment in the world, and yet possibly because of his quiet demeanor and the fact that dance music, his genre of choice, was never given the true attention and respect that it and he truly deserved early on. In spite of it all, he did have an impact on just about every sort of music at the height of his and its heyday.
Most people out there, outside of the dance community historians and true fans, may not know his name, however for people like myself he was a hero, a superstar, somebody to be reckoned with, and a constant source of visionary achievements which others would marvel at while never coming close to accomplishing what he did.
He was the creator of Musique, Phreek, The Universal Robot Band , Inner Life and a host of other notables in this industry who he worked on such as Herbie Hancock, Candi Staton, and some of the best of the best in his quiet, demure, supportive way.
Today is a horrible day for me, because I know his family as well as I knew him and there is so much sadness to go around here that it’s hard for me to just focus on one of the areas of the broken heart I have.
Let this serve as a lesson to many of you in this industry and in general, that regardless of how much of an impact you may make in your life, it’s not important for the world to know who you are as long as you know who you are and what you meant in the grand scheme of things.
I think it was the defensive shell he put around himself that enabled him to keep creating and realize that the accolades he never received at the level he should’ve received them weren't that important as knowing the people who cared for him loved him and worked in the industry were inspired by him and were simply attracted to him for what he did, because they sincerely knew just how great he was.
I'm glad that before he left us I had many conversations with him where I told him he was the most creative, underserved individual I had ever encountered in the music business, and I still stand by that now. I got to say I love you and he knew how important that was to me as well as what it meant to him.
My friend of many years, a true friend of the music industry and especially the dance music industry and community, the incredible incomparable, Patrick Adams, has passed away succumbing to a long bout with cancer.
I’m sure those in Heaven are up there waiting as they Keep on Jumpin', awaiting for his tardy entrance for one of their own to come strutting in, humming Push Push In the Bush and knowing that every day from now on he will be there making everyday a special musical Weekend for everyone in Heaven!
When you Wake up Tomorrow the sadness of this may start to subside but only due to the fact that we sill have his music to comfort us. Patrick, you're now on your way to an eternal life of happiness, I just want you to know that nothing is the same ever since you came and have now left us baby!
God Bless Christine Wiltshire her daughter, Courtney Joi and our wonderful industry for its gonna be tough getting over him but at least we can be grateful that we were the beneficiaries of someone this good who lived and created during our lifetime.
Patrick Adams, creator and dear friend has died at the age of 72.”


June 22, 2022
Hoping it isn't true that you have passed. So glad to see you and the ensemble live in Harlem a few years back.


May 31, 2022
We have the Same birth date. March 17 :) Proud to share my birthday with such a legend.


January 10, 2020
Patrick Adams made sure disco stayed rooted. A true sense of craftmanship with whatever he was involved in. Anything stamped with his name certified quality.

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