Robert Allen Palmer (19 January 1949 – 26 September 2003) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He was known for his powerful, distinctive, gritty, soulful voice and sartorial elegance, and for combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae, and blues.
Palmer’s involvement in the music industry began in the 1960s and included a spell with the band Vinegar Joe. He found success both in his solo career and with the Power Station, and had Top 10 songs in the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1980s. Three of his hit singles, “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On“, “Addicted to Love” and “Simply Irresistible“, were accompanied by stylish music videos directed by British fashion photographer Terence Donovan.
Palmer received a number of awards throughout his career, including two Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and an MTV Video Music Award. He was nominated by the Brit Award for Best British Male Solo Artist. He died at age 54, following a heart attack on 26 September 2003.