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Robert Palmer is a British singer and songwriter known for his smooth, but soulful voice and gentlemanly demeanor.
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In 1974, Palmer released his first solo album, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley. While it was not a huge commercial success, it did provide him with an opportunity to work with some members of funk and boogie-influenced rock group Little Feat as his backup musicians. He even covered one of their songs, “Sailin’ Shoes.” A versatile performer, Palmer showed not only could he handle funk and R&B but reggae as well in his next album, Pressure Drop (1976). In 1978, he finally made the charts with “Every Kinda People” off his Double Fun album.
Secrets (1979) featured the hit “Bad Case of Lovin’ You (Doctor Doctor).” As the 1980s began, Palmer changed directions, tackling the popular synthesizer-dominated sound of New Wave music in Clues (1980).
In the early 1980s, Palmer joined with drummer Tony Thompson of Chic and guitarist Andy Taylor and bassist John Taylor of Duran Duran to form the Power Station. Their sleekly produced self-titled album was released in 1985 and quickly climbed up the charts, driven in part by the success of such tracks as “Some Like It Hot” and “Get It On (Bang a Gong).”
Riptide (1985). With its driving rhythm and catchy chorus, the single, “Addicted to Love,” reached the top of the charts. And the video for the song, which featured Palmer nattily dressed in a suit and surrounded models with heavy makeup and identical outfits, was a favorite on MTV for months.
Maintaining his suave image for Heavy Nova (1988), he continued with his successful modern rock formula with “Simply Irresistible,” which reached as high as number two on the charts. “Early in the Morning” also did well. But for his next effort, Don’t Explain (1990), he began to explore other genres, from R&B with a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me” and popular standards with “People Will Say We’re in Love” by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein.
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