He was known for his powerful, distinctive, gritty and soulful voice, sartorial elegance and for combining soul , jazz , rock , pop , reggae and blues. Palmer's involvement in the music industry began in the s, covered four decades and included a spell with the band Vinegar Joe. Palmer's father was a British naval intelligence officer stationed in Malta. In , Palmer moved with his family from Batley , where he was born, to Scarborough. His first major break came with the departure of singer Jess Roden from the band The Alan Bown Set in , after which Palmer was invited to London to sing on their single "Gypsy Girl".
The career of blue-eyed soul singer Robert Palmer was a study in style versus substance. By the mid-'80s, however, Palmer became a star, although his popularity owed less to the strength of his material than to his infamous music videos: taking their cue from the singer's suave presence, Palmer 's clips established him as a dapper, suit-and-tie lady's man who performed his songs backed by a band comprised of leggy models, much to the delight of viewers who made him one of MTV's biggest success stories. Born Alan Palmer on January 19, , in Batley, England, he spent much of his childhood living on the island of Malta before permanently returning to Britain at the age of 19 to sing with the Alan Bown Set. A year later he joined Dada , a piece, Stax-influenced soul group which soon changed its name to Vinegar Joe ; after three LPs with the band -- a self-titled effort and Rock'n'Roll Gypsies , both issued in , and 's Six Star General -- Palmer exited to mount a solo career, and debuted in with Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley , recorded with members of Little Feat and the Meters. With 's Pressure Drop , he tackled reggae, a trend furthered following a move to Nassau prior to 's Double Fun , which featured Palmer 's first hit, "Every Kinda People. Rex cover , which returned the singer to overt rock territory. After exiting the band prior to a planned tour, Palmer recorded the solo album Riptide , a sleek collection of guitar rock which scored a number one hit with "Addicted to Love," the first in a string of videos which offered him in front of a bevy of beautiful women. By 's Don't Explain , Palmer returned to the eclecticism of his earliest material; without any attendant soft-core videos, sales plummeted, but he stuck to his guns for 's Ridin' High , a collection of Tin Pan Alley and cabaret chestnuts. Two years later, Palmer 's wide array of worldbeat influences cropped up again on Honey, which also featured guitar work from Extreme axeman Nino Bettencourt.
For the Record …. Known for his elegant designer suits and his preference for fine food and wines, Palmer is also an experimental musician who has been among the first to experiment with reggae, electronic sound, and international folk music motifs. Still, the singer told People magazine, he is savoring his first real taste of the pop music spotlight. The son of a British naval officer, Palmer moved frequently in his youth, spending time in such exotic locales as Malta , Naples , and Cyprus. At fifteen Palmer joined his first band, providing guitar and vocals, but it was many years before he decided to be a professional musician.
Robert Palmer died today Sept. He was The singer was on a two-day break in Paris following a television recording session in Britain, his manager Mick Carter said from the French capital. In the s, Palmer became a superstar with such singles as "Addicted to Love" and "Simply Irresistible" - accompanied by slick videos featuring the smartly dressed Palmer with a back-up band of attractive women, all in black outfits and glossy makeup. He had lived in Switzerland for the past 16 years. The "Addicted to Love" video, with its miniskirted models strumming guitars as Palmer sang, became one of MTV's most-played clips, and sparked protests from some feminists. It's just happened to become an iconic look," Palmer once said of the video. He had his first hit album and single, "Sneakin' Sally through the Alley," in Palmer once confessed that he was not attracted to the excesses of rock'n'roll stardom.