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Simply Irresistible: The Soulful Sophistication Of Robert Palmer

Our appreciation of the career of a unique British music innovator and stylist who has never been replaced.

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The death of Robert Palmer on September 26, 2003 at the age of just 54 was cruelly untimely. Today we shine some fresh appreciation on the career of a unique British music innovator and stylist who has never been replaced. Here’s our uDiscover Music playlist of some of his finest moments.

When Robert passed away suddenly that day in Paris, he had been at the top of his profession for nearly 30 years. If some audiences came to know him as a representative of the MTV generation of expensive videos and big productions, Palmer devotees know that that was only one element of a multi-faceted musician.

The superb catalogue of solo albums and side projects of Robert Allen Palmer are testament to a really versatile creative talent, every bit as much at home on romantic ballads and lovely blue-eyed soul records as among rock guitars.

Our playlist of Palmer’s musical landmarks goes back to his early days, when he served his apprenticeship in Vinegar Joe, before emerging with the outstanding Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley album in 1974. Palmer wore his love of American soul culture very much on his sleeve, and particularly the influence of the New Orleans sound and producers such as Allen Toussaint.

But he was also a devotee of Island’s reggae heritage, of the greatness of Motown and in particular Marvin Gaye, the 1980s soul of Minneapolis and the classic compositional skills of the Great American Songbook era. His deep affection for global creative flavours often saw him recording at top studio locations from Compass Point in Nassau to, later, the location that named the 1980s supergroup he co-formed, the Power Station. All of those styles and more besides were part of the DNA of the one and only Robert Palmer, a man with a deep and enduring musical footprint.


Follow the official Robert Palmer Best Of playlist.



  1. R Fan

    October 29, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Thank you for this.

  2. John Palmer

    February 27, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Miss ya Cuz…..

  3. John Palmer

    February 27, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Miss ya Cuz…..

  4. Suzanne

    February 27, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I miss him so much his style class music and that voice RIP love

  5. Keith

    September 27, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Robert has said, in interviews, that his name was Alan and he changed it, so as not to cause confusion with Alan Bown. So, his name was Alan Robert Palmer. So, why do people insist that it’s robert Allen palmer. Watch old editions of Later…with Jools Holland, if you don’t believe me. Robert tells this, to Jools Holland.

  6. Kelly

    November 28, 2015 at 5:16 am

    God I miss this man

  7. Debi

    September 26, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I’m still not really over his passing but his music will always be with me. Rest in peace, Robert.

  8. Kevin Brown

    September 26, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    If you want to respect Robert’s legacy, I would suggest Universal Island Records get their act together and release All of his back catalouge Remastered….NOT Re Mixed……as it justly deserves to be. Robert as we all know was a huge star and would have had massive sales for Island Records and therefore I fail to understand why a Super DELUXE Box set has not been released from Universal. We have seen great Box sets from Islands back catalouge from the likes of Sandy Denny, John Martyn, Spooky Tooth, Free, Nick Drake to name but a few,……Yet nothing from Robert Palmer……..I just don’t get it……strange……but true.

  9. Kevin Brown

    September 26, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    ‘Universal please show some RESPECT for Robert Palmer and release a DELUXE boxset, his releases are due a Remaster………….NOT A REMIX……..please do the right thing!!!!!!!

  10. fan

    October 25, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    good singer

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