September 26, 2003 13:23

ROBERT PALMER 1949-2003

The singer has a heart attack in Paris...

ROBERT PALMER 1949-2003
ROBERT PALMER, famous for the single ’ADDICTED TO LOVE’, has died.

The 54 year old singer is said to have died of a heart attack in the early hours of this morning in Paris, where he had been taking a short holiday.

Born Robert Allen Palmer on January 19, 1949, he joined his first band, The Mandrakes aged 15. However, it was in 1969 he decided to leave his chosen profession of graphic design to join the Alan Bown Set as singer.

In the 1970s Palmer formed Vinegar Joe, who signed to Island and released their self titled debut in 1973. After critical success but less commercial, Palmer went solo in the mid-70s.

In 1979 his single ’Bad Case Of Loving You’ was a hit in the US and in the early 80s he cemented his reputation as a solo artist. It was in 1985 he joined up with members of Duran Duran and Chic to form The Power Station, whose album produced the hits ’Some Like It Hot’ and ’Get It On’.

In 1986 the single ’Addicted To Love’ went to Number One in the US, with the classic video getting massive rotation on MTV. The following year the song won a Grammy for best rock performance.

In more recent years, Palmer had been less active, but his most recent album was titled ’Drive’.

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