Classics: Robert Palmer – Every Kinda People (Island)
Who could ever forget about Robert Palmer‘s distinctive voice? Nothing came from a single click though for this elegant artist who had to wait for almost a decade to make himself a name…
He made it 9 years after his debut as a guest vocalist on The Alan Bown Set‘s ‘Gypsy Girl’ single. 1978 seeing him releasing the memorable ‘Double Fun’ album and therefore express his versatility.
An album led by ‘Every Kinda People’, his first major success delivered with mixing work courtesy of Tom Moulton. But also marked by the presence of the Reggaeish ‘Best Of Both World’. Not to mention the one of ‘You Overwhelm Me’ which showcased his unique soulful grained voice.
Gifted with a unique distinctive voice, British singer Robert Palmer embraced many different styles, from Jazz, to Rock and Soul. It took him quite some time to establish himself a status though.
Recognition therefore came in 1978 with the release of ‘Double Fun’. An album in a Caribbean-influenced Rock vein most likely remembered for including the Andy Fraser penned ‘Every Kinda People’. But also the Reggaeish ‘Best Of Both World’ and the smooth and soulful ‘You Overwhelm Me’. A cut which Simon ‘The Funky Ginger’ Law and Lee Hamblin beautifully remixed 14 years later…
A year later, and Palmer would be rocking with his cover version of Moon Martin‘s ‘Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor Doctor)’. Another one, and he would go Pop with the friendly ‘Johnny And Mary’. The album ‘Pride’ featuring ‘You Are In My System’ followed back in 1983, although generating mixed reviews.
One the heels of his first recordings as a member of Power Station, Palmer released his ‘Riptide’ album in 1985. An LP which featured another cover version by the likes of ‘I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On’ which Cherrelle originally performed the year before.
Palmer kept on experimenting, flirting this time with Bossa Nova on his 1988 ‘Heavy Nova’ album and most likely ‘Simply Irresistible’ which happened to be his final hit.
Robert Palmer sadly died in a Paris hotel room from a cardiac arrest on Sept. 26, 2003. He was 54…
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