Robert Palmer

January 19, 1949 - September 26, 2003
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  • The English singer-songwriter caught his big break when he was invited to replace The Alan Bown Set's lead singer on the band's 1969 single "Gypsy Girl." Over the next couple years, he sang and played guitar for jazz and R&B groups (such as Vinegar Joe) before signing to Island Records in 1974. He released his solo album, Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley, that year.
  • His biggest commercial success came in the '80s, most notably with his signature tune "Addicted To Love." The single was bolstered by a hit video on MTV, with the sharply dressed singer backed by a faux-band of chic fashion models. Often emulated and parodied, the clip becomes one of the defining images of the decade and makes Palmer a star.
  • He won two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Vocal Performance, one for "Addicted to Love" and one for "Simply Irresistible."
  • While recording the 1988 album Heavy Nova, Palmer received an unsolicited track called "Lust You Always" from none other than Prince. He recorded the song, but didn't include it on the album. Said Palmer: "I had to record it because I didn't want to offend the chap, did I? But I thought the lyric stank."
  • He was a member of the '80s supergroup The Power Station, joined by Chic drummer Tony Thompson and Duran Duran's John Taylor and Andy Taylor. The band's eponymous album yielded the Top 10 hits "Some Like It Hot" and "Bang A Gong (Get It On)." On the accusation of copying the group's sound for his own solo records, Palmer told Number One magazine: "Listen, I gave the Power Station that sound. They took it from me, not the other way around."
  • Palmer was visiting Paris, France, when he died in his hotel room from a cardiac arrest.
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