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Robert Palmer: Bad Case of Loving You

 

TDR-Classic Artist and Song: ROBERT PALMER and BAD CASE OF LOVING YOU (Doctor, Doctor). Known for his eclectic music and sartorial elegance, Robert Palmer enjoyed a very successful career before his early death. After playing and singing in several bands in the U.K., Palmer was signed as a Solo Act by Island Records. He cut his first album, 'Sneaking Sally Through The Alley" in New Orleans, and it performed decently well, but no really big hits. He moved to New York City and after a couple more so-so albums decided to move to Nassau in the Bahamas, literally across the street from Compass Studios.

Palmer than released a Caribbean Music oriented album called "Double Fun" that threw off the single, "Every Kinda People," that went to #16 on the Hot 100, driving the album to top 50.


In 1979 he decided to do a pure Rock album called, "Secrets." One of the cuts on that disc was a cover of Moon Martin's song, "Bad Case of Loving You," Moon's release of the song the year before had gone nowhere, but Robert's version was more upbeat with a heavy bottom of Bass and Drums, that really drove the song. It was a great radio and dance record and got a lot of exposure topping out at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #10 on the Cashbox Chart. Scott and I both are surprised that it didn't climb higher, but there was a lot of competition out there in 1979 and it was also a hit on MTV.

 

Robert Palmer was made for MTV, a slick, beautifully dressed and coifed man, and a perfect choice for the British Fashion Photographer Terence Donovan to work with as a Music Video Director. The videos were iconic because of Donovan's use of 
" Identically dressed dancing women with pale faces, dark-eye makeup and bright-red lipstick." Along with his solo career, Robert Palmer joined with Guitarist Andy Taylor, Bassist John Taylor and Drummer Tony Thompson to form "Power Station," and their eponymous first album went on to #10 on the Billboard Album Chart driven by two hit singles, "Some Like It Hot" and a cover of "Bang A Gong" (get it on).

 

Over the next years Robert Palmer would release more hit records, both as a solo artist and group member, touring tirelessly...then in 2003 he suffered a Heart Attack in a Paris Hotel Room, he was dead at the age of 54. Palmer received several important awards in his career,: Two Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, and an MTV Video Music Award among them. Here is Robert Palmer in his prime performing Live, "Bad Case Of Loving You," with good video and augmented Rock and Roll Sound. Rock On! @therealdonrocks

 

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