Rock Singer. Two-time Grammy winning singer/songwriter who's career over the past four decades was as colorful as some of the bands he was a member of and the styles of music he embraced. His earliest musical influences were Lena Horne and Nat King Cole, and he would eventually become an opening act for The Who and Jimi Hendrix early in his career. His first solo release was 1974's "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley," but he didn't achieve real success until 1978 with the release of the single "Every Kinda People." He followed it up in 1979 with the single "Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor Doctor)" which became his first major United States hit. In 1985, he teamed up with two members of Duran Duran, John and Andy Taylor, to form the group, 'The Power Station.' The group was successful in such hits as "Some like it Hot," "Communication," and "Get it On." Also in his solo efforts, in 1985 he released the album "Riptide." His friend and Power Station alumni, Andy Taylor, was a collaborator on this solo effort, with Palmer writing much of the album material. In 1986, the single from the album, "Addicted to Love" not only honored him with his first Grammy, it also brought attention to his well-dressed fashion sense. The video to the single, became MTV's most played video clip, for it showed Palmer with a band of identical looking and dressed women in mini-skirts, playing various instruments. The video was hailed as original, iconic and incredibly insightful, for the women were digitally edited into the video. It also brought criticism from feminists for how the women were dressed. "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" and "Hyperactive" were successful hits as well from the album. Two years later, he struck Grammy gold again, his second, with "Simply Irresistible" from the album "Heavy Nova." The video for the song showed the same formula that brought him acclaim two years earlier, Palmer in his well-dressed self alongside several beautiful women. He went onto release many albums in the 90s and recently, his final album release in May 2003, the self produced, "Drive." The album drew critical acclaim for its raw rhythm and blues with the essence of reggae, electronic sound and folk- a venture back to his early days as an artist, to which he was credited as the first artist of his era to experiment with those musical genres.
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