Robert Allen Palmer (19 January 1949 – 26 September 2003), born in Batley, Yorkshire, was a Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter. He was known for his distinctive voice and the eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae and blues. He found success both in his solo career and in the musical act Power Station, and had Top 10 songs in both the US and the UK. His iconic music videos by Terence Donovan for the hits "Simply Irresistible" and "Addicted to Love", featured identically dressed dancing women with pale faces, dark eye makeup and bright red lipstick, which resembled the women in the art of Patrick Nagel, an artist popular in the 1980s. Sharp-suited, his involvement in the music industry commenced in the 1960s, covered five decades and included a spell with Vinegar Joe. Palmer moved to Lugano, Switzerland, in 1986, and 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. Palmer was staying at the Warwick de Berri Hotel at the time of his death. 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 Geraldine Edwards, his brother, Mark Palmer, and his children, James, Jane, Anthony, Anna and Martin.
In October 2004, newspapers reported on the struggle for Palmer's estate, worth an estimated £30 million, between Mary Ambrose and Palmer's five children. Ambrose, a former girlfriend of Palmer's, claimed Palmer had changed his will to favour herself. According to commentators at AbsoluteRadio.co.uk, the courts denied Ms Ambrose's claim as without merit and she was awarded only $16,000.00 per the Court of Appeal of Ticino 19 Dec. 07 (11.2004.49) in compensation with the remainder of the estate divided amongst Palmer's five children and UNICEF, to which Palmer donated a large charitable contribution. On her All The Best compilation album, Palmer's Switzerland neighbour Tina Turner added a live version of "Addicted to Love" in tribute to him.
|Birth name||Robert Allen Palmer|
|Born||19 January 1949|
Batley, West Yorkshire,England
|Died||26 September 2003 (aged 54)|
|Genres||Rock, pop rock, blue-eyed soul|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums|
|Associated acts||Power Station, Vinegar Joe,Andy Taylor, John Taylor,Duran Duran, Chic|