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Remembering Robert Palmer

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Twelve years ago today, on September 26, 2003, British rock icon Robert Palmer collapsed to his death at the age of 54 at the Warwick Hotel in Paris, France, just off of Avenue des Champs-Élysées.Riptide

Palmer, who lived in Switzerland at the time, was on vacation after touring through Europe after the May 2003 release of his final record, Drive, and had planned on returning home that same weekend.

It was reported that Palmer died as a result of cardiac arrest after a quiet evening of dinner and a movie with his girlfriend Mary Ambrose.

In remembrance of the famed singer-songwriter and inspirational musician, we take note of an endearing quote from Duran Duran bassist John Taylor:

“Robert Palmer had a profound influence on us as musicians. He was a sophisticated music scientist who loved to experiment. In many subtle ways, he helped to change and shape popular music. Very few artists can claim to have created a body of work as satisfying as his. He had a great sense of fun and he knew how to rock. He was a good friend to all … .” (duranduran.com)

Palmer was also the frontman for the 1980s supergroup Power Station, which included drummer Tony Thompson (Chic), bassist John Taylor (Duran Duran), and guitarist Andy Taylor (Duran Duran).

His soulful vocal delivery in his two most famous smash hits “Simply Irresistible” and “Addicted To Love” landed the singer-songwriter and musician two Grammys in the category of Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1986 and 1988.

Called a gentleman and a good friend by many who knew him, Robert Palmer will continue to be missed, even as his music lives on.

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