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Robert Palmer
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Background information
Birth name Robert Allen Palmer
Born (1949-01-19)19 January 1949
Batley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died 26 September 2003(2003-09-26) (aged 54)
Paris, France
Genres Rock, pop, blue-eyed soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instrumentalist
Record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums
Years active 1969–2003
Labels Island, EMI
Associated acts Power Station, Vinegar Joe, Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Duran Duran, Chic

Robert Allen Palmer (January 19, 1949 - September 26, 2003) was a British musician, singer-songwriter and recording artist who released many hits during the 1970s and the 1980s. His hits include Addicted to Love.

Palmer received a number of awards throughout his career, including two Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, an MTV Video Music Award, and was twice nominated for the BRIT Award for Best British Male.

Personal life

Robert Palmer was married in 1972 to Shelly Putman. They had three children together, Anthony, Anna and Martin. They divorced in 1978. In 1979, Robert Palmer married Susan Eileen Thatcher. They had two children together, James and Jane. They divorced in 1999. In 1993, Palmer moved from the Bahamas to Lugano, Switzerland. He thought the islands were overrun with drugs and guns and were no longer safe. Palmer's companion at the time of his death was Mary Ambrose.

Later life and death

Palmer moved to Lugano, Switzerland, in 1986. He became a naturalized citizen of Switzerland in 1993. He lived there until his death.

A heavy smoker, he died in Paris, France, from a heart attack on 26 September 2003 at the age of 54. He was holidaying with his close friend, Jack Bruce, and conducting publicity appearances for his most recent release Drive prior to his death.

He was survived by his parents, Leslie and Anna Palmer, his girlfriend Mary Ambrose, his brother, Mark Palmer, and his children, James, Jane, Anthony, Anna and Martin.

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
AUS
NLD
NZ
SWE
US
1974 Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley - - - - - -
1975 Pressure Drop
  • Label: Island
- - - - - 136
1976 Some People Can Do What They Like
  • Label: Island
46 - - - - 68
1978 Double Fun
  • Label: Island
- - 10 29 - 45
1979 Secrets
  • Label: Island
54 - 42 39 - 19
1980 Clues
  • Label: Island
31 - 16 21 1 59
  • CAN: Gold
1983 Pride
  • Label: Island
37 - 22 27 36 112
1985 Riptide
  • Label: Island
5 - 72 13 - 8
  • UK: Gold
  • CAN: 3× Platinum
  • US: 2× Platinum
1988 Heavy Nova 17 2 42 14 47 13
  • UK: Gold
  • CAN: Platinum
  • US: Platinum
1990 Don't Explain
  • Label: EMI
9 29 85 48 48 88
  • UK: Gold
1992 Ridin' High
  • Label: EMI
32 - - - - 173
1994 Honey
  • Label: EMI
25 - 85 - - -
1999 Rhythm & Blues
  • Label: EMI
118 - - - - -
2003 Drive
  • Label: EMI
- - - - - -

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