Robert Palmer Biography
Robert Palmer is a blue-eyed soul singer best known for his hit song Addicted to Love. His early work was praised for its deft integration of rock, R&B, and reggae elements. He won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1987 for “Addicted to Love”, which went to number one in the US and number five in the UK. Terence Donovan directed a famous and often imitated music video to accompany the single. He was also nominated for two BRIT Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist.
Robert was born on January 19th, 1949, in Batley, England, and began his career in the music industry in the 1960s. He spent much of his life on the island of Malta before returning to the United Kingdom permanently at the age of 19 to join the Alan Bown Set. A year later, he joined Dada, a 12-piece Stax-influenced soul band that quickly changed its name to Vinegar Joe; after three albums with the band — a self-titled album in 1972, Rock’n’Roll Gypsies in 1973, and Six Star General in 1974 — Robert left to pursue a solo career, debuting in 1974 with Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, recorded with members of Little Feat and the Meters.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he had a succession of popular songs, including Looking For Clues, Johnny and Mary, and the international hit Addicted To Love. Robert Palmer has also worked with UB40, Little Feat, Gary Numan, and Talking Heads, as well as joining supergroup The Power Station for an album.
He has had over 15 songs in the Top 100 Hot Billboard, 9 of which made it to the top 40, and 3 made it to the top 10. His song “Addicted to Love” was a top one hit and remained on the chart for 22 weeks. “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On” and “Simply Irresistible” hit number two on the chart for more than 20 weeks. 12 of his albums made it to the UK Top 40 chart, and his albums stayed for more than 75 weeks in the Top 40.
Robert met Sue, his wife, at a train station in Slough in 1969, and the two married two years later and had two children. In the mid-1970s, the family relocated to New York City, then to the Bahamas a few years later. The family moved to Lugano, Switzerland in 1987. In 1993, they got a divorce.
In his personal life, Robert was a quiet man who was uninterested in most of the excesses of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, despite being a strong tobacco user who smoked up to 60 cigarettes per day.
He had been in the French capital after recording a television appearance in London for Yorkshire TV, a retrospective titled My Kinda People, and he died from a sudden heart attack in a Paris hotel room on 26 September 2003 at age 54, and was buried in Lugano, Switzerland.
Duran Duran was among the people who paid tribute: “He was a very dear friend and a great artist. This is a tragic loss to the British music industry.”
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Did Robert Palmer Die From?
Robert Palmer died from a heart attack on September 26, 2003, at the age of 54.
Where Was Robert Palmer Born?
Robert Palmer was born in England on January 19, 1949. He grew up inBatley, Yorkshire. His father was a welder and his mother was ahousewife. Palmer began playing guitar at the age of three and by thetime he was eleven, he had formed his first band.