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Robert Palmer was the first artist I saw in concert.  He made a lasting impression on me then and so many more in the U. S. in the years that followed.
Singer Robert Palmer dies at 54

Friday, September 26, 2003 Posted: 11:38 AM EDT (1538 GMT)

LONDON, England --Rock singer Robert Palmer has died in Paris of a heart attack at the age of 54, his manager said.

The British star, whose chart hits in the 1980s included "Addicted to Love," suffered the attack in the early hours of Friday morning, Mick Cater said.

Palmer, who had lived in Switzerland for 16 years, was staying in the French capital with his partner, Mary Ambrose, after traveling from the United Kingdom where he had been recording a TV show.

"I can't say anything else at this point, I'm just in shock," Cater told CNN.

The singer was born in Batley, Yorkshire, in 1949, but spent the majority of his youth on the island of Malta. At the age of 19, Palmer returned to England where he sang with the Alan Bown Set and a soul group, Vinegar Joe, before beginning a solo career in 1974.

He became known as much for slick videos as for his clever combination of rock, rhythm and blues, and reggae sounds with singles that also included "Simply Irresistible" and "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On."

The "Addicted to Love" video, featuring the sharply dressed Palmer and miniskirted models, became one of MTV's most-played clips and sparked protests from some feminists.

"I'm not going to attach inappropriate significance to it because at the time it meant nothing. It's just happened to become an iconic look," Palmer once said of the video.

He formed the Power Station in 1985 with John Taylor and Andy Taylor from Duran Duran, scoring three U.S. hits, including "Communication" and "Get it On."

Despite his chart success he shunned the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. "I loved the music, but the excesses of rock 'n' roll never really appealed to me at all," The Associated Press quoted him as saying.

"I couldn't see the point of getting up in front of a lot of people when you weren't in control of your wits."

Palmer was noted for his dress sense and respect for his fans. "I don't want to be heavy," he said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

"I can't think of another attitude to have towards an audience than a hopeful and a positive one. And if that includes such unfashionable things as sentimentality, well, I can afford it."


The career of blue-eyed soul singer Robert Palmer was a study in style versus substance. While the performer's earliest work won praise for its skillful assimilation of rock, R&B, and reggae sounds, his records typically sold poorly, and he achieved his greatest notoriety as an impeccably dressed lounge lizard. By the mid-'80s, however, Palmer became a star, although his popularity owed less to the strength of his material than to his infamous music videos: taking their cue from the singer's suave presence, Palmer's clips established him as a dapper, suit-and-tie lady's man who performed his songs backed by a band comprised of leggy models, much to the delight of viewers who made him one of MTV's biggest success stories.

Born Alan Palmer on January 19, 1949, in Batley, England, he spent much of his childhood living on the island of Malta before permanently returning to Britain at the age of 19 to sing with the Alan Bown Set. A year later he joined Dada, a 12-piece, Stax-influenced soul group which soon changed its name to Vinegar Joe; after three LPs with the band -- a self-titled effort and Rock'n'Roll Gypsies, both issued in 1972, and 1973's Six Star General -- Palmer exited to mount a solo career, and debuted in 1974 with Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley, recorded with members of Little Feat and the Meters.

With 1975's Pressure Drop, he tackled reggae, a trend furthered following a move to Nassau prior to 1978's Double Fun, which featured Palmer's first hit, "Every Kinda People." With 1979's self-produced Secrets, his music moved into more rock-oriented territory, as typified by the single "Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)." Palmer's stylistic experimentation continued with 1980's Clues, a foray into synth-pop aided by Gary Numan and Talking Heads' Chris Frantz which yielded the club hit "Looking for Clues."

After 1983's Pride, Palmer teamed with the Duran Duran side project Power Station, scoring hits with the singles "Some Like It Hot" and "Get It On" (a T. Rex cover), which returned the singer to overt rock territory.

After exiting the band prior to a planned tour, Palmer recorded the 1985 solo album Riptide, a sleek collection of guitar rock which scored a number one hit with "Addicted to Love," the first in a string of videos which offered him in front of a bevy of beautiful women.

The follow-up, "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On," continued to play with the sex symbol image and hit number two, as did "Simply Irresistible," the first single from 1988's Heavy Nova. By 1990's Don't Explain, Palmer returned to the eclecticism of his earliest material; without any attendant soft-core videos, sales plummeted, but he stuck to his guns for 1992's Ridin' High, a collection of Tin Pan Alley and cabaret chestnuts. Two years later, Palmer's wide array of worldbeat influences cropped up again on Honey, which also featured guitar work from Extreme axeman Nino Bettencourt. Woke Up Laughing followed in 1998, it was an adventurous, if somewhat odd, collection of non-hit album tracks remixed and in some cases re-recorded.Rhythm & Blues, a slick set of adult contemporary pop, came out in 1999 to lukewarm sales and reviews. After a live album in 2001, Palmer bounced back with the future blues of 2003's Drive. However, Palmer had little time to enjoy it's release. On September 26, 2003 he died suddenly after suffering a heart attack. He was 54. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

Website Link:

Video Links: 

Addicted to Love:

Simply Irresistable:

Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming:

I love Robert Palmer's version of "Early In the Morning" but couldn't find a video for that one. 

Thanks for starting this thread BB!  Many good ones so far...some I have even had the pleasure of finding through the years that my sons love too.  Makes me not feel quite an old fogey, lol.  They both have known every word to "Bohemian Rhapsody" for many years now.  Their love of the music also opened doors to conversations that may have otherwise not been discussed at all or "awkward" to say the least.  I'm sure you know what I mean.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Original Band Members:

Band History
Ronnie Van Zant hits a line drive that strikes Bob Burns in the head, who was watching the game with Gary Rossington. Burns is knocked unconscious but the three became friends and have a common interest in music. They soon form a band along with Allen Collins and Larry Junstrom. That fall 'The Noble Five' plays their first gig for $10.
The core of Lynyrd Skynyrd- singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Gary Rossington, guitarist Allen Collins, bassist Leon Wilkeson, and drummer Bob Burns- is formed at a high school in Jacksonville, FL, initially as the group, 'My Backyard.' The name is later changed to Lynyrd Skynyrd to immortalize school gym teacher Leonard Skinner, a legendary antagonist of longhaired students. Ronnie Van Zant enters into a brief marriage with Nadine.
Ronnie and Nadine's daughter, Tammy Michelle is born.
Lynyrd Skynyrd records 'Michelle' and 'Need All My Friends.' The latter is released as their debut single on Shade Tree Records, a label based in their hometown.
Lynyrd Skynyrd wins a battle of the bands contest in Hemming Park located in Jacksonville, FL. Lacy Van Zant (Ronnie's father) drives the band to Atlanta to record two songs as the prize. They record 'Spoonful' and 'Michelle.' Lacy also gives them $120 for a Bogan PA for vocals.
Allen Collins marries Kathy Johns. The band starts rehearsing at Hell House. By this time all the members have dropped out of Robert E. Lee High School. Before a gig at Jay's Forest Inn, Ronnie Van Zant introduces the band as Leonard Skinner, a high school gym teacher who tormented them for their long hair. They later change the spelling to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Roadie Billy Powell joins the band as keyboardist. The band asks to be let out of their contract with Shade Tree Records.
Bob Burns leaves the band and is replaced by Rickey Medlocke. In January Lynyrd Skynyrd record their demo album at Quinvy Studios in Muscle Shoals. Larry Junstrom leaves the band.
On November 18th Ronnie Van Zant marries Judy Seymour Rickey Medlocke leaves the band and Bob Burns returns. Leon Wilkeson replaces Larry Junstrom.
The debut album 'Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd' is released and goes gold. In November they open for The Who on their 'Quadrophenia' tour. At Funochios, an Atlanta club, Al Kooper notices Lynyrd Skynyrd and signs them to his Sounds Of The South label. Rickey Medlocke rejoins the band giving them two drummers, but leaves the band soon after. Leon Wilkeson leaves the band but soon rejoins. Ed King joins the band as bass player but later switches to guitar.
The band releases their second effort, 'Second Helping,' which spawns their first charting U.S. single 'Sweet Home Alabama.' The song is seen as a southerner's response to Neil Young's 1971 song 'Southern Man.' The single reaches #8 on the charts, with the album itself hitting #12 (earning yet another gold disc)
The band releases their third album, 'Nuthin Fancy,' and it goes gold. The single from the album is 'Saturday Night Special.' 'Freebird' is re-released as a single, and garners notable national airplay, reaching the top 20 in the charts. The band embarks on 'The Torture Tour.' Bob Burns leaves the band. Ed King leaves the band. Artimus Pyle joins the band. The Honkettes, comprised of Leslie Hawkins, JoJo Billingsley and Cassie Gaines become a part of the band. The band tours the UK for the first time in support of the group Golden Earring.
In September, Gary Rossington is injured in a car accident in Jacksonville, which inspires 'That Smell.' Steve Gaines joins the band. The new effort, 'Gimme Back My Bullets'- produced by Tom Dowd- will reach Top 20 and become the band's fourth consecutive gold record. 'One More For The Road' release becomes the group's largest-selling album of their career thus far with over a million copies sold. The live version of 'Freebird' will once again chart. The response in the UK is such that the band will perform alongside the Rolling Stones, amongst others, at the Knebworth Festival. The band tours with The Rolling Stones.
Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins present a platinum album awarded them for 'One More For The Road' to the Mayor of Atlanta, in appreciation of the band's Atlanta fans. Another album would be presented to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta where the album was recorded. 'Street Survivors,' The band's second platinum selling record is released. On October 20th, tragedy would strike the band as Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines (Steve's sister and one of Skynyrd's back-up singers), and road manager Dean Kilpatrick are killed when the band's rented plane (short on fuel) crashes into a swamp in Gillsburg, Mississippi, while en route to a gig at Louisiana University. Rossington, Collins, Powell, Wilkeson, and Leslie Hawkins, are all seriously injured but survive the crash. Out of courtesy and good judgement MCA Records withdraws the sleeve of the just released album 'Street Survivors,' which pictures the group standing in flames. The album will become the band's second platinum selling album, hitting #5 on the U.S. album chart.
A single , 'What's Your Name,' from the album titled 'Street Survivors' escalates up the charts to the #13 position, while another single, 'You Got That Right' follows suit by also charting. The band will release another album, 'Skynyrd's First and Last,' which contains previously unreleased recordings from 1970-1972. It will also go platinum, marking the third consecutive album to do so for the band.
MCA releases a double compilation album 'Gold and Platinum.' Surviving members of the band, with the exception of Artimus Pyle, form the Rossington-Collins Band, fronted by Dale Krantz.
The debut album by the Rossington-Collins band, 'Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere' will feature the single 'Don't Misunderstand Me,' and will achieve gold status. Lynyrd Skynyrd's double compilation, 'Gold and Platinum' ascends into the Top 15 and also becomes double platinum. This will total four consecutive platinum albums for the band. Allen Collins' wife Kathy dies.
The Rossington-Collins Band releases their second album, 'This Is The Way,' which is dedicated to Allen Collin's wife, Kathy, who died a year earlier. Although garnering considerable acclaim the album will be the last by the band.
Gary Rossington and Dale Krantz marry in July. In December, Lynyrd Skynyrd releases 'Best Of The Rest,' a compilation of rare tracks and outtakes.
The remaining members of The Rossington-Collins Band begin planning a band of their own which becomes the Allen Collins Band.
Gary and Dale Rossington form a band called Rossington. Their album 'Returned To The Scene Of The Crime' is released on Atlantic Records. Allen Collins runs his car off the road in a crash that will leave him paralyzed from the waist down. The crash took the life of his girlfriend.
MCA Records would release the album 'Legend.' The compilation-produced by Tom Dowd- will contain previous B-sides, as well as unreleased and uncompleted songs by the original Lynyrd Skynyrd. A new Lynyrd Skynyrd is formed in September comprising Rossington, Powell, Pyle, Wilkeson, King, Johnny Van Zant (vocals), Randall Hall ( a long-time friend of the band and member of The Allen Collins Band), along with Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Bristow on background vocals. The band makes their first public appearance at the Charlie Daniel's Volunteer Jam XIII and will eventually perform more than 30 dates on a reunion tour, marking the tenth anniversary of the fatal plane crash.
'Southern By Grace Of God,' a double live album featuring tracks recorded on the recent tour, would be released on MCA Records.
MCA releases a Lynyrd Skynyrd greatest hits package titled 'Skynyrds Innyrds.'
Allen Collins dies of respiratory failure caused by pneumonia, a complication of his paralysis.
The band releases 'Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991' marking their return to the recording studio, the first new material in over 14 years. Again produced by Tom Dowd, it left no doubt that one of rock and rolls greatest bands was back with a vengeance. It featured the tracks, 'Smokestack Lightning,' 'Keeping The Faith,' 'Southern Women,' and 'Pure and Simple.'
Artimus Pyle leaves the band, citing personal differences.
Atlantic Records releases the album, 'Last Rebel,' which comes out twenty years after their first album. Kurt Custer joins the band as drummer. Leon's good friend and former bassist of The Rossington Band, Timmy Lindsey, stood in for Leon from June thru the end of that year, during the Last Rebel Tour. Leon was unable to be with the band for health reasons during that time.
Lynyrd Skynyrd releases their first completely acoustic album, 'Endangered Species,' on Capricorn Records.
Ed King becomes ill with congestive heart failure and leaves the band. 'Freebird . . . The Movie' premieres in Atlanta.
The band signs a multi-album agreement with CMC International Records. Rickey Medlocke of Blackfoot rejoins the band, this time as guitarist. Hughie Thomasson of the Outlaws is also added as guitarist.
'Twenty,' the debut for CMC, is released on April 29th to be followed by a world tour.
Johnny Van Zant teams up with brother Donnie Van Zant of .38 Special for 'Brother to Brother,' a long awaited collaboration of these two surviving members of one of American rock's royal families. CMC Records releases 'Lyve From Steeltown' a double CD of newly recorded Skynyrd classics and recent Skynyrd hits along with its accompanying home video. The enhanced CD includes interviews as well as music; an extra bonus for their fans. Michale Cartellone replaces Owen Hale as drummer.
'Edge of Forever' and '20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Lynyrd Skynyrd' are released. Lynyrd Skynyrd hit the road for the summer on the heels of the past summer's hugely successful tour. The band ends the 20th century on a national tour with ZZ Top.
'Then And Now' is released. Lynyrd Skynyrd headlines a summer tour as well as embarking on their first European tour in 3 and a half years. Their first Christmas album, 'Christmas Time Again,' is completed in July and hit the stores in November.
Lynyrd Skynyrd hits the road again on a North American tour with Deep Purple and Ted Nugent. On July 27th, bassist Leon Wilkeson passes away in his sleep in a hotel room near Jacksonville, FL. Ean Evans, a long time friend of the band, joins as the new bass player. RIAA certifies that the band has sold more than 23 million records.
CMC Records International (now called Sanctuary Records) releases 'Turn It Up,' a compilation of Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes.
Lynyrd Skynyrd celebrates their 30th anniversary by releasing 'Vicious Cycle' on May 6th, their first studio album in three years. Gibson Custom Art and Historic Division releases the Limited Edition Gary Rossington Les Paul guitar.
The band tours heavily to celebrate 30 years of Hard Rockin'. Lynyrd Skynyrd LYVE is released. Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band join forces for the first time to Co-Headline 10 shows. In August of 2004 Lacy Van Zant, often referred to as the 'Father Of Southern Rock,' passes away at the age of 89.
The band is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame!!!   ::MonkeyDance::


Video Links:
Sweet Home Alabama 1974:
Free Bird, Live 1977:
Gimme Back My Bullets: Live 1976
What's Your Name:

Texasmom thanks for sharing. Is that your ticket stub from Robert Palmer concert? That is to cool that you have saved it. Leonard Skynyrd is sure a band that has lost a few good members and taken some hard knocks as a band. Good to listen to them again.......
Sweet Home Alabama can bring any house down LOL even here in ole NY.

King Curtis - Soul Twist (Shea Stadium 1965)


King Curtis: Age 37
(b. Curtis Ousley, 7 February 1934, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, d. 13 August 1971).
A respected saxophonist and session musician, Curtis appeared on countless releases, including those as disparate as Buddy Holly and Andy Williams. Curtis did venture to the Fame and American studios, but he preferred to work in New York. ‘In the South you have to restrain yourself to make sure you come back alive’, Ousley said to writer Charlie Gillett. Six months later, in August 1971, he was stabbed to death outside his West 86th Street apartment.


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