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Robert Palmer

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The career of blue-eyed soul singer Robert Palmer was a report however you like versus substance. As the performer’s first work won compliment for its skilled assimilation of rock and roll, R&B, and reggae noises, his information typically sold badly, and he accomplished his best notoriety as an impeccably outfitted lounge lizard. From the middle-’80s, nevertheless, Palmer became a celebrity, although his recognition owed much less to the effectiveness of his materials than to his infamous music video clips: acquiring their cue from your singer’s suave existence, Palmer’s clips founded him like a dapper, suit-and-tie lady’s guy who performed his tunes backed by way of a music group made up of leggy versions, much towards the pleasure of audiences who produced him among MTV’s biggest achievement stories. Delivered Alan Palmer on January 19, 1949, in Batley, Britain, he spent a lot of his youth living on the isle of Malta before completely time for Britain at age 19 to sing using the Alan Bown Established. A year afterwards he became a member of Dada, a 12-piece, Stax-influenced spirit group which shortly transformed its name to Vinegar Joe; after three LPs using the music group — a self-titled work and Rock’n’Roll Gypsies, both released in 1972, and 1973’s Six Superstar General — Palmer exited to support a solo profession, and debuted in 1974 with Sneakin’ Sally With the Alley, documented with associates of Small Feat as well as the Meters. With 1975’s Pressure Drop, he tackled reggae, a craze furthered carrying out a proceed to Nassau ahead of 1978’s Increase Fun, which highlighted Palmer’s first strike, “Every Kinda People.” With 1979’s self-produced Secrets, his music transferred into even more rock-oriented territory, as typified with the one “Poor Case of Adoring You (Doctor, Doctor).” Palmer’s stylistic experimentation continuing with 1980’s Signs, a foray into synth-pop aided by Gary Numan and Speaking Heads’ Chris Frantz which yielded the membership hit “Searching for Signs.” After 1983’s Satisfaction, Palmer teamed using the Duran Duran aspect project Power Place, scoring hits using the singles “Some ENJOY IT Scorching” and “OBTAIN IT On” (a T. Rex cover), which came back the vocalist to overt rock and roll place. After exiting the music group in front of you prepared tour, Palmer documented the 1985 single record Riptide, a modern collection of electric guitar rock which have scored lots one strike with “Dependent on Love,” the very first within a string of movies which provided him before a bevy of gorgeous females. The follow-up, “I Didn’t Mean to carefully turn You On,” continuing to play using the sex image image and strike number 2, as do “Simply Amazing,” the very first solitary from 1988’s Weighty Nova. By 1990’s Don’t Explain, Palmer came back towards the eclecticism of his first materials; without the attendant soft-core video clips, product sales plummeted, but he trapped to his weapons for 1992’s Ridin’ Large, a assortment of Tin Skillet Alley and cabaret chestnuts. 2 yrs later, Palmer’s variety of worldbeat affects cropped up once again on Honey, which also presented acoustic guitar work from Intense axeman Nino Bettencourt. Woke Up Laughing adopted in 1998, it had been an exciting, if somewhat unusual, assortment of non-hit recording tracks remixed and perhaps re-recorded.Tempo & Blues, a slick group of adult modern pop, arrived in 1999 to lukewarm product sales and reviews. Following a live recording in 2001, Palmer bounced back again with the near future blues of 2003’s Travel. However, Palmer experienced little time to take pleasure from it’s launch. On Sept 26, 2003 he passed away suddenly after struggling a coronary attack. He was 54.

Quick Facts


Full Name Robert Palmer
Died September 26, 2003, Paris, France
Height 1.75 m
Profession Guitarist, Composer, Singer-songwriter, Music Producer, Lyricist
Nationality British, Swiss
Spouse Susan Eileen Thatcher, Shelly Putman
Children James Palmer, Jane Palmer, Anthony Palmer, Anna Palmer, Martin Palmer
Parents Anna Palmer, Leslie Palmer
Awards Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video
Music Groups The Power Station, Vinegar Joe, The Alan Bown Set
Music Songs Addicted to Love, Simply Irresistible, Bad Case of Loving You, I Didn't Mean to Turn You On, Every Kinda People, Johnny & Mary, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, Early In The Morning, Best of Both Worlds, Some Guys Have All The Luck, Mercy Mercy Me / I Want You, She Makes My Day, Can We Still Be Friends, Know By Now, Discipline of Love, Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming, You Blow Me Away, You Are In My System, Looking for Clues, You're Amazing, Sweet Lies, Hey Julia, Girl U Want, Some Like It Hot, Man Smart, Woman Smarter, Get It On, Sailin' Shoes, Hyperactive, Life in Detail, How Much Fun, Give Me an Inch, You’re Gonna Get What’s Coming
Albums Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley, Riptide, Heavy Nova, Double Fun, Clues, Pressure Drop, Pride, Maybe It's Live, Some People Can Do What They Like, Ridin' High, Secrets, Live at the Apollo, Rhythm & Blues, Drive, Honey, Very Best of Robert Palmer, Addictions: Volume 1, At His Very Best, Addictions: Volume II, Woke Up Laughing, The Very Best of the Island Years, 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Robert Palmer, Don't Explain, The Universal Masters Collection (Digitally Remastered), Classic, Colour Collection, The Silver Range, At The BBC, Robert Palmer - Popstars, Collected, Robert Palmer - Gold (2 Discs), Gold
Nominations Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Grammy Award for Record of the Year, MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, MTV Video Music Award for Viewer's Choice, MTV Video Music Award for Best Stage Performance, Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist, MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance, Brit Award for British Single, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Video, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Video Artist
Movies Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


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#Fact
1 Palmer won two Grammy Awards - 1986 Best Male Rock Vocalist ("Addicted To Love") & 1988 Best Male Rock Vocalist ("Simply Irresistible") - He also won MTV's Best Male Video Award for 1986 ("Addicted To Love") and was winner of the Rolling Stone Magazine's 1990 Readers Poll for the category "Best Dressed Rock Star".
2 His first big break into the music business was a stint as lead singer for The Alan Bown Set in the late sixties.
3 His hit music video for "Addicted to Love" was memorable for its expressionless, slick-haired, identical-looking models who played as his back up band. A similar look was carried on through his videos for "Simply Irresistable" and "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On". But the original concept was later parodied in several other music videos, including Sam Kinison's "Wild Thing", Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl" where little girls were shown playing the part, 'Weird Al' Yankovic's "UHF" where the women additionally sported mustaches and glasses, and Shania Twain's "Man, I Feel Like A Women" which used male models.
4 Name of his daughter: Jane (born December 1979)
5 Name of his son: Jim (born January 1978)
6 Singer/songwriter


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Black Mirror TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Who's Doing the Dishes? TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Strange Magic 2015 writer: "Addicted To Love"
Bis 2015 performer: "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On"
Glee 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Way Way Back 2013 performer: "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley"
What to Expect When You're Expecting 2012 writer: "Addicted To Love"
No me la puc treure del cap TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Showboaters 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
EastEnders TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1996 - 2011 writer - 2 episodes, 1996 - 2011
So You Think You Can Dance TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2011 performer - 1 episode, 2011
20 to 1 TV Series documentary performer - 4 episodes, 2007 - 2010 writer - 3 episodes, 2007 - 2010
Dancing on Ice TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2009
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Karaoke Revolution 2009 Video Game writer: "Addicted To Love" - as Robert Allen Palmer
The X Factor 2004-2009 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Breaking Bad TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Dancing with the Stars TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2006 - 2009 performer - 1 episode, 2009
Cold Case 2009 TV Series 1 episode
Everybody Hates Chris 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pineapple Express 2008 performer: "Woke Up Laughing" / writer: "Woke Up Laughing"
It Takes Two 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Skins 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ugly Betty 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nancy Drew 2007 writer: "Looking for Clues"
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol 2007 Video Game "Stickwitu"
Australian Idol 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Just My Luck 2006 performer: "Some Guys Have All the Luck"
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
2005 Radio Music Awards 2005 TV Special writer: "Stickwitu / Santa Baby"
Reunion TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Brit Awards 2005 2005 TV Special writer: "Addicted To Love"
Little Black Book 2004 performer: "Simply Irresistible", "Bad Case of Loving You Doctor, Doctor" / writer: "Simply Irresistible"
A Cinderella Story 2004 writer: "The Best Day Of My Life"
What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? 2004 Documentary performer: "Addicted to Love" / writer: "Addicted to Love"
Wonderland 2003 performer: "Spanish Moon" 1974
100 Most Irresistible Women 2003 TV Movie documentary "Simply Irresistible"
Bringing Down the House 2003 performer: "Simply Irresistible" 1988 / writer: "Simply Irresistible" 1988
I Love the '80s TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2002 writer - 1 episode, 2002
Scrubs 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Contact 2002 TV Movie performer: "Simply Irresistible" / writer: "Simply Irresistible"
As Filhas da Mãe 2001 TV Series writer: "Addicted to Love"
The 54th Annual Tony Awards 2000 TV Special writer: "Simply Irresistible"
Saving Grace 2000 performer: "Witchcraft"
American Psycho 2000 performer: "Simply Irresistible" / writer: "Simply Irresistible" - as Robert Allen Palmer
Zärtliche Begierde 1999 TV Movie performer: "Addicted To Love" / writer: "Addicted To Love"
Addicted to Love 1997 writer: "Addicted to Love"
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion 1997 performer: "Addicted to Love", "Bad Case of Lovin' You" / writer: "Addicted to Love"
The Evening Star 1996 performer: "Addicted to Love" / writer: "Addicted to Love"
Ballykissangel TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1996 writer - 1 episode, 1996
Fort Alpha 1996 TV Series performer: "Best of Both Worlds" / writer: "Best of Both Worlds"
Die Harald Schmidt Show 1995 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Beavis and Butt-Head TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1995 writer - 1 episode, 1995
Ready to Wear 1994 performer: "Addicted to Love" / writer: "Addicted to Love"
True Romance 1993 performer: "Love Is A Tender Trap"
Doogie Howser, M.D. TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1991 - 1992 writer - 1 episode, 1991
Bukas tatakpan ka ng diyaryo 1992 performer: "Addicted To Love" / writer: "Addicted To Love"
Beverly Hills, 90210 TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1991 writer - 1 episode, 1991
Northern Exposure 1991 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pretty Woman 1990 performer: "Life In Detail" / writer: "Life In Detail"
Screen Two 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Diese Drombuschs 1990 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Soul Train TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1989 writer - 1 episode, 1989
Dream Baby 1989 TV Movie writer: "Addicted to Love" - uncredited
Midnight Caller 1988 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cocktail 1988 performer: "Addicted To Love" / writer: "Addicted To Love"
Shades of Love: Indigo Autumn 1988 TV Movie performer: "Riptide"
Casual Sex? 1988 performer: "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On"
You Can't Hurry Love 1988 performer: "ADDICTED TO LOVE" / writer: "ADDICTED TO LOVE"
Return of the Living Dead II 1988 performer: "Bad Case of Lovin You", "Looking For Clues" / producer: "Bad Case of Lovin You", "Looking For Clues" / writer: "Looking For Clues"
Robert Palmer: Early in the Morning 1988 Video short performer: "Early In The Morning"
Sweet Lies 1987 performer: "SWEET LIES", "MONOGAMY" / writer: "SWEET LIES", "MONOGAMY", "WOKE UP LAUGHING"
Simon & Simon TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1987 writer - 1 episode, 1987
The Bedroom Window 1987 performer: "Hyperactive" / writer: "Hyperactive"
Women in Rock 1986 Video documentary writer: "Doctor, Doctor"
The Morning After 1986 performer: "ADDICTED TO LOVE" / writer: "ADDICTED TO LOVE"
A Year in the Life 1986 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The Color of Money 1986 performer: "My Baby's In Love With Another Guy", "Let Yourself In For It" / writer: "Let Yourself In For It"
The Wraith 1986 performer: "ADDICTED TO LOVE" / writer: "ADDICTED TO LOVE"
Amazing Stories TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1986 writer - 1 episode, 1986
The Young and the Restless 1986 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The A-Team TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1986 writer - 1 episode, 1986
Dangerously Close 1986 performer: "Addicted To Love" / writer: "Addicted To Love"
Saturday Night Live TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1986 writer - 1 episode, 1986
The Power Station Video 1986 Video documentary short writer: "Some Like It Hot", "Communication"
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary writer: "Murderess"
The Power Station: Communication 1985 Video short writer: "Communication"
The Power Station: Some Like It Hot 1985 Video short writer: "Some Like It Hot"
Summer Lovers 1982 writer: "Johnny and Mary"
Top of the Pops TV Series performer - 4 episodes, 1980 - 1982 writer - 1 episode, 1980
King of the Mountain 1981 "LOOKING FOR CLUES"
Derrick TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1981 writer - 1 episode, 1981
WKRP in Cincinnati 1979 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978 performer: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" Finale

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1994-1999 TV Series Musical Guest
Robert Palmer: Early in the Morning 1988 Video short Robert Palmer
Captain Eo Grand Opening 1986 TV Movie
Robert Palmer: Addicted to Love 1986 Short Lead Singer
The Power Station: Communication 1985 Video short Robert Palmer
The Power Station: Get It On (Bang a Gong) 1985 Video short Robert Palmer
The Power Station: Some Like It Hot 1985 Video short Robert Palmer
Bananas 1981 TV Series
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978 Our Guests at Heartland

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Power Station: Communication 1985 Video short
The Power Station: Some Like It Hot 1985 Video short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Robert Palmer: Addicted to Love 1986 Short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ridin' High: The Video 1992 Video music producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Peter Austin Noto Show 2016 TV Series Himself
Addictions 2003 Video Himself
My Kinda People 2003 TV Movie Himself
The Terry and Gaby Show 2003 TV Series Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 1999-2003 TV Series Himself
50 Sexiest Video Moments 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Breakfast 2002 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 2 2002 TV Series Himself
The Martin Short Show 1999 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1997-1999 TV Series Himself
TFI Friday 1999 TV Series Himself
Songs & Visions 1997 TV Movie Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1997 TV Series Himself
Gala Miss España 1996 1996 TV Movie Himself
Zona franca 1995-1996 TV Series Himself
Die Harald Schmidt Show 1995 TV Series Himself
Husk lige tandbørsten 1995 TV Series Himself
Michael Ball 1994 TV Series Himself
Robert Palmer: Ridin' High 1992 TV Movie Himself
Ven al Paralelo 1992 TV Series Himself
Children in Need 1992 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992 TV Series Himself
Ridin' High: The Video 1992 Video Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989-1991 TV Series Himself - Singer / Himself
Top of the Pops 1980-1991 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Out 1989 TV Series Himself - Musical guest
Later with Bob Costas 1989 TV Series Himself
Soul Train 1989 TV Series documentary Himself
James Brown & Friends: Set Fire to the Soul 1988 Video documentary Himself
Live from Her Majesty's 1988 TV Series Himself
America's Top 10 1988 TV Series Himself
Kippevel 1988 TV Series Himself
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
The 14th Annual American Music Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
Tocata 1987 TV Series Himself
MTV Video Music Awards 1986 1986 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Tube 1982-1986 TV Series Performer / Himself
The Power Station Video 1986 Video documentary short Robert Palmer
New American Bandstand 1965 1978-1985 TV Series Himself / Himself-Singer
Àngel Casas Show 1985 TV Series Himself
Friday Night, Saturday Morning 1982 TV Series Himself
Lena Maria Show 1981 TV Series Himself
Goldene Europa 1981 TV Series documentary Himself
Palmarès 1980 TV Series Himself
Musikladen 1980 TV Series
Beat-Club 1980 TV Series Himself - Musician
The Mike Douglas Show 1976-1977 TV Series Himself - Singer / Songwriter / Himself - British Rocker

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series Himself
Love Lust 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
20 to 1 2007-2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 1980 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Adapted Song Addicted to Love (1997)


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