19/1/1949 - 26/9/2003
Robert Palmer has died following a heart attack sustained whilst away on a trip to Paris, France with his partner Mary Ambrose.
Robert Allen Palmer was born on 19th January 1949 in Batley in West Yorkshire, although his father's position with the British Admiralty meant that he moved to Malta at an early age, before returning to Scarborough in North Yorkshire at the age of 10 where he went on to attend the Technical College.
He joined a Semi Pro band - The Mandrakes at the age of 15, and later spent time as lead singer with The Alan Bown Set, before joining up with a young Elkie Brooks as they shared the vocals in the group Vinegar Joe.
Later he joined forces with John and Andy Taylor (from Duran Duran) and Tony Thompson (Chic) to form the group Power Station, and although this formation didn't last for long, he was retained by the Record Company as a solo artist.
His real successes started in 1986 when his solo release "Addicted to Love" topped the US Charts (No 5 in UK) and benefited from some Award Winning Videos which featured Palmer being backed by an all female black clad Girl Band. UK top 10 hits continued including I didn't mean to turn you on, She makes my day, I'll be your baby tonight (with UB40), and Mercy Mercy Me.
Chart success has been scarce over the past 12 years, although Palmer was still recording, and his latest album Drive has only just been released, and ironically it is now most likely to be a Chart Success.
One of Yorkshire's most successful Musical sons, Palmer will be missed, but his superb voice will live on in his recordings. May he Rest in Peace