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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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Drive (2003), was perhaps his most bluesy recording. It featured a number of cover tunes, including “Mama Talk to Your Daughter,” “I Need Your Love So Bad,” and “Hound Dog.” He toured parts of Europe to promote the album. Taking a break, he and his longtime partner, Mary Ambrose, took a brief vacation together in Paris. On the night of September 26, after going to dinner and a movie, Palmer suffered a fatal heart attack in his room at the Warwick Hotel.
Many of his friends in rock mourned his passing. Andy Taylor from Duran Duran told the Associated Press that Palmer “was just one of the greatest British acts and a really close friend.” His body was taken to his adoptive hometown of Lugano, Switzerland, for burial. He had lived there for 16 years before his death. Palmer was survived by Ambrose, his parents, and two children from a previous marriage.
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