Quentin Tarantino called Lucas the "genuine hero of Reservoir Dogs" for licensing "Stuck in the Middle With You" to him for a song.
Sony Music Publishing has announced the passing of former executive Pat Lucas after a long fight with cancer. Best known for her years at EMI Music Publishing (which was acquired by Sony Music Publishing), Lucas oversaw the creation of the first-ever film & television department for a music publisher.
The executive, who died on Monday (Aug. 12) at age 77, has been called a champion for filmmakers, with Quentin Tarantino going so far as to call her the "genuine hero of Reservoir Dogs," his 1992 directorial debut, according to an interview with Deadline. Lucas licensed the use of "Stuck in the Middle with You" by Stealers Wheel to Tarantino when the director admits he had "no money... but [he] needed that song."
Graciously, Lucas granted the synchronization license of the 1973 classic rock staple for a fraction of the cost, believing Tarantino and his then-small budget picture could become one of the greats.