A sing-songwriter known for his soulful voice and eclectic mix of musical styles, Robert Palmer was born in Batley, Yorkshire on January 19th, 1949.
In 1970 he joined the jazz-rock fusion band Dada. The band was together for a year in which time they signed with the Island Records and released three albums.
In 1974 Palmer signed his first solo deal with Island Records and released seven records between that time and 1984.
In 1985 Palmer formed the band Power Station with Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor, bassist John Taylor and session drummer Tony Thompson.
They released the album “Power Station” which reached the Top 20 in the UK and the Top 10 in US. “Power Station” produced two hit singles with “Some Like It Hot” and a cover of the song “Get It On (Bang a Gong)”.
Power Station’s second release “Riptide” featured the #1 single “Addicted to Love” for which Palmer won a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1987.
His second Grammy came for “Simply Irresistible” in 1989 the song reached #2 in the US and would later be featured in the Tony Award-winning musical “Contact”.
In Paris, France at age 54 Palmer suffered a sudden heart attack and died. He is interred at Lugano Cemetery in Lugano, Switzerland.
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