Robert Palmer had a number of hits, including Addicted to Love and Simply Irresistible, in the late 1980s, and won a huge following in Europe and the US.
He is best known for the Addicted to Love video, in which his band was represented by a group of sexily dressed, deadpan models playing guitars. But gained a reputation as a mild-mannered sharply dressed soul singer.
Born in Yorkshire as Alan Palmer, his music career started in the early 70s when he joined a group called the Alan Bown Set. This was followed by some success with the group Vinegar Joe and after three successful albums, he went solo.
In 1976 he released “Some People Can Do What They Like” but this was not a great commercial success. Three years later his first major hit single came with "Bad Case Of Loving You". He then collaborated with Gary Numan on “Clues” which became a bigger hit in the UK than in America. "Johnny And Mary" sneaked into the UK charts and two years later "Some Guys Have All The Luck" made the Top 20.
He then seemed to give up on a solo career and in 1985 formed Power Station with Duran Duran's John Taylor and Andy Taylor, and had good success with a few Top 10 hits, including “Some Like it Hot”, “Communication” and “Get it On.”
His greatest career success however came when he continued his own career, “Riptide”, released at the end of 1985. The album was chock full of great songs and it made the UK Top 5. In 1986, he went to the top of the US charts with the awesome single "Addicted To Love". The record became a world-wide hit, making the UK Top 5. He followed this with another familiar hit "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On".
He won Grammy's for the Best Male Rock Vocal performance in 1987 and again in 1989, and in 1990 was voted "Best Dressed Man" by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Moving into the 1990s his style became more varied. He had a hit with UB40, covering Bob Dylan's “I'll Be Your Baby Tonight”. And another in the following year, 1991, with Marvin Gaye’s song, “Mercy Mercy Me.”
His last album, “Rhythm and Blues”, which was his first studio recording for five years, was released in 1999.
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