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    Robert Palmer dies at age 54

    Seems everyone is passing away. Though I was never really a fan of his, Robert Palmer passed away at age 54. On the radio they said it was a heart attack, I haven't heard anything else about it yet.

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    Rock Singer Robert Palmer Dies at Age 54

    LONDON - Rock singer Robert Palmer (news) died Friday in Paris of a heart attack, his manager said. He was 54.

    Manager Mick Cater, speaking from Paris, said he had no further details immediately.

    Palmer, whose hits included "Addicted to Love," was on a two-day break in Paris following a TV recording session in Britain, Cater said.

    The son of a British naval officer, Palmer was a member of several British rock bands before he hit the big time as a solo artist.

    In the 1980s he became a superstar with singles which also included "Simply Irresistible" accompanied by slick videos featuring the sharply dressed Palmer and a bevy of attractive women.

    A side project, Power Station, formed in 1985 with John Taylor (news) and Andy Taylor (news) of '80s supergroup Duran Duran, scored three U.S. Top 10 hits, including "Communication" and "Get it On."

    He had lived in Switzerland for the past 16 years.

    Known for his sharp suits and GQ sense of style, Palmer was named best dressed male artist by Rolling Stone in 1990.

    The "Addicted to Love" video, with its miniskirted models strumming guitars as Palmer sang, 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 had his first hit album and single, "Sneakin' Sally through the Alley," in 1974.

    In his 20s, Palmer worked with a number of small-time bands including Dada, Vinegar Joe, and the Alan Bown Band, occasionally appearing in opening acts for big draw including The Who and Jimi Hendrix (news).

    Palmer once confessed that he was not attracted to the excesses of rock 'n' roll stardom.

    "I loved the music, but the excesses of rock 'n' roll never really appealed to me at all," he said. "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."

    He was noted for dressing up and being somewhat restrained.

    "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 toward an audience than a hopeful and a positive one. And if that includes such unfashionable things as sentimentality, well, I can afford it."
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    That's so random! Sad though

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    I am really gonna miss this guy... Robert had style of his own. Beyond the "Addicted to Love" song he's known for he has put out some great music. I first saw him in 1979-1980 and a music video I grew to love, "Looking For Clues". I just had to play my "Riptide" cd cause I just love his rendition of "I Did'nt Mean To Turn You On". Plus he briefly collaborated w/ 2 members of Duran Duran and formed The Power Station which spawned "Some Like it Hot" & the fabu T-Rex cover "Bang A Gong (Get it On)" Rest in peace Robert....

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    He did some very nostalgic songs for us 80's children. So sad.
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    yeah, whenever I think of the 80's, the one thought I always have is dancing in the club to Addicted to Love. That has to be my favorite song of the 80's

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeguy
    yeah, whenever I think of the 80's, the one thought I always have is dancing in the club to Addicted to Love. That has to be my favorite song of the 80's
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