Robert Palmerwas born on January 19, 1949 in Bately, Yorkshire, England, and he died on September 26, 2003. His style of music was a mix of soul, pop, jazz, rock, and blues. He moved with his family to Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, in 1959. His dad was a British serviceman so Robert was influenced by the music on American Forces Radio. He joined his first band, The Mandrakes, when he was 15 years old and still in high school. He later joined The Allen Bown Set in 1969. He was invited to London and sang on the single, Gypsy Girl, and later sang on the album, The Alan Bown, which was re-recorded with his voice after the Gypsy Girl became such a hit.
Robert went on to join a 12 piece band called Dada, in 1970. The band only lasted a year so Palmer and Brooks (from the Dada band) formed the group called Vinegar Joe, but it was not successful after releasing 3 albums. He moved to New Orleans, Louisiana and began recording solos. He managed to have some single hits and more failures, but he didnít give up. In 1978 he released the album called, You Really Got me, and it was a hit on the Top 50 Billboard Charts and also on the Top 20 with the song Every Kindaí people. This song has become one of his fanís favorites and it was written by Andy Fraser. Robertís second Top 20 single was Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) which was written by Moon Martin.
In the 1980's, Robert Palmer had an increase in commercial success. He received much exposure with his music videos. In 1983 he decided to try his hand at island music since he was living in the Bahamas at the time. His album was not as successful as his, Clues (which was a smash hit), it still drew a lot of attention. In 1987, Robert moved to Switzerland and formed his own music studio. He recorded, Heavy Nova, in 1988 then tried his hand at bosa nova rhythms, heavy rock, and white soul ballads. With this mix, he had success with, Addicted To Love, Simply Irrestible, and She Makes My Day. The Rolling Stone magazine named Robert the Best dressed Rock Star of 1990. He continued releasing songs and touring.
The last 15 years of his life, Robert lived in Lugano, Switzerland. He died in Paris, France in 2003 of a heart Attack. He was 54 years old at the time of his death. In his music era, Robert released a total of about 23 albums and also some singles. He will be remembered by many fans.
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