Robert Palmer (II)

Robert Palmer (II)


1/19/1949, Batley Yorkshire, England, UK



Birth Name

Robert Allen Palmer


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British musician, singer-songwriter Robert Palmer began his career in the mid sixties in the pop genre and venturing into rock, blues and soul. This multi-talented man won two Grammys as well as a number of other awards for his work in the music industry.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Robert's albums:

      Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley (1974)
      Pressure Drop (1975)
      Some People Can Do What They Like (1976)
      Double Fun (1978)
      Secrets (1979)
      Clues (1980)
      Maybe It's Live (1982)
      Pride (1983)
      Riptide (1985)
      Heavy Nova (1988)
      Don't Explain (1990)
      Ridin' High (1992)
      Honey (1994)
      Rhythm & Blues Pyramid (1999)
      Live at the Apollo (2001)
      Drive (2003)
      Addictions Volume I (1989)
      Addictions Volume II (1992)
      Very Best Of Robert Palmer (1995)
      Woke Up Laughing (1998)
      Best Of Both Worlds: The Robert Palmer Anthology (1974-2001) (2002)
      The Very Best of the Island Years (2005)
      With Power Station:
      Power Station (1985)
      Living in Fear (1996)

    • Robert appeared as a guest cameo in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978).

    • Robert appeared in opening acts for Jimi Hendrix and The Who in the late 1960s.

    • Robert was named Best Dressed Male Artist by Rolling Stone magazine in 1990.

    • Robert appeared at Live Aid with the other members of Power Station - Andy Taylor (guitar) and John Taylor (bass) from Duran Duran, and Tony Thompson (drums) - on July 13, 1985.

    • Robert learned how to play guitar, harmonica, and drums as a youngster.

    • Robert first toured with The Mandrakes through Scandinavia at the age of 15.

    • Robert's song "Addicted To Love" was featured in a Panasonic video recorder commercial in 1987.

    • Robert's sythesizer hook from his song "Johnny And Mary" was used by Renault in a number of their commercials throughout the 1990s.

    • Robert was given the Grammy for Best Male Vocal Performance for "Addicted To Love" in 1987, and for "Simply Irresistible" in 1989.

    • Robert's song "Some Guys Have All The Luck" from his Maybe It's Live album of 1982 reach #16 on the Billboard Singles chart, but was later turned into a #1 hit when remade by Rod Stewart in 1985.

    • Robert's first solo hit was "Every Kind Of People" from his Double Fun album in 1978.

    • Robert recorded an album in 1985 with members of the group Duran Duran under the group name of "The Power Station," the album having several hits including "Get It On" (a remake of a 1973 T-Rex song) and "Some Like It Hot."

    • Robert's music video in 1986 for his song "Addicted To Love" is consistently rated as one of the top 10 videos of the 1980s. The video was particularly memorable for the presence of models all with identical hairstyles, make-up, and dress playing as his back-up band.

    • Robert was 5 feet 9 inches tall.

  • Quotes

    • Robert Palmer: Trying to describe something musical is like dancing to architecture, it's really difficult.

    • Robert Palmer: My access to music when I was growing up was through pirate radio, you know, transistor radio under the pillow, listening to one more and then 'just one more' until your favorite track comes on.

    • Robert Palmer: I loved the music, but the excesses of rock music never really appealed to me at all. I couldn't see the point in getting up in front of a lot of people when you weren't in control of your wits.

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