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Robert Palmer: Some People Like What I Do

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 6 November 1976

BRIGHT LIGHTS, big's a reception in honour of the Staple Singers and the Meters at a club down in Greenwich Village, prior to their ...

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Robert Palmer (1994)

Interview by Andy Gill, Rock's Backpages audio, 27 June 1994

The blue-eyed-soul man from Batley talks about the musicians who've crossed his path: working with Miles Davis producer Teo Macero; his first pro gig with the Alan Bown Set, followed by Dada and Vinegar Joe; his first solo album Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley, featuring the Meters and Little Feat; his Gary Numan connection, and the many other people he's worked with, from James Jamerson to The Band's Rick Danko and Garth Hudson.

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Robert Palmer: Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 31 August 1974

I ALWAYS felt more than a little sorry for Robert Palmer when he was in Vinegar Joe. ...

Robert Palmer: Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley (Island ILPS 9294)

Review by Sam Sutherland, Phonograph Record, July 1975

ENGLISH REVERENCE for rhythm & blues hasn't stopped with urban and country models of past decades, and as increasing numbers of Britons emulate contemporary R&B ...

little feat: the last record album (warner bros, bs 2884); robert palmer: pressure drop (island ilps 9372)

Review by Bruce Malamut, Crawdaddy!, February 1976

the last record review ...

Robert Palmer: Pressure Drop

Review by Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, 12 February 1976

BRITISHER Robert Palmer is another marcher in the growing column of white folks who prefer playing it greasy and getting down (notable recent examples: Bowie, ...

Robert Palmer, Gallagher and Lyle: Bottom Line, New York NY

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 1 May 1976

NEW YORK: Looking rather like a male model in a smart grey suit, white shirt and stylishly cropped hair, Robert Palmer brought his brand of ...

Robert Palmer: How To Get Rid Of The Nude In Your Bedroom

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 27 November 1976

ROBERT PALMER, who's Big In America, finds his musical progress rather cluttered with scantily clad femininity. TONY STEWART murmurs disapprovingly. ...

Robert Palmer: Some People Can Do What They Like (Island)

Review by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, December 1976

ROBERT PALMER'S latest release, like his first two solo L.P.'s Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley and Pressure Drop is based on rhythm. And that's good. ...

Robert Palmer: Some People Can Do What They Like (Island)

Review by Susin Shapiro, The Village Voice, 13 December 1976


Robert Palmer, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Graham Parker & the Rumour: Palladium, New York NY

Live Review by Paul Nelson, The Village Voice, 20 December 1976

Graham Parker Pours It All Out ...

Robert Palmer Is Blue-Eyed Soul

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Playgirl, 1977

"CLEAN IS BACK IN," Kaye Ballard intoned, and her predominantly blue-haired audience at The Mike Douglas Show taping nodded in silent agreement as they gazed ...

Robert Palmer

Profile by John Tobler, Blank Space, 1978

HANDS UP those who think Robert Palmer’s an American – it’s by no means a complete misapprehension if all you have to go on are ...

Robert Palmer's Breakthrough Year

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Circus, 11 May 1978

His Gentlemanly Double Fun Has a Sultry Roll ...

Robert Palmer: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, 1 December 1979

A BIT trendy-poo's, y'know? ...

Robert Palmer: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, 8 December 1979

THAT THE Odeon was full for two nights running leads me to think that Robert Palmer's followers form some kind of secret society. I don't ...

Robert Palmer: Clues (Island)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 6 September 1980

WHY 'CLUES'? I mean to say, Robert old chap, it's not as if there's some burning question to all this despite the wacky covershot of ...

Robert Palmer: The Deb's Delight Takes FRIGHT!

Report and Interview by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 8 November 1980

THREE TIMES I got out of my warm bath to answer the telephone. The first call was a few seconds of silence and down. The ...

Robert Palmer: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, The Guardian, 10 November 1980

YORKSHIRE BORN Robert Palmer first achieved recognition partnering Elkie Brooks in the group Vinegar Joe in the early Seventies, but it took a move to ...

The Producers: Steve Smith

Interview by Chas de Whalley, International Musician & Recording World, December 1981

STEVE SMITH is one of those comparatively rare creatures: a quiet American. No more, and quite possibly less than average height, he doesn't favour the ...

Robert Palmer: Rhythm 'N Clues

Profile and Interview by Mary Harron, Smash Hits, 25 December 1981

One across (Mary Harron) asks the questions. Six down (Robert Palmer) gives the answers ...

Robert Palmer: Maybe It's Live (Island)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 17 April 1982

ROBERT PALMER'S roguish dilettantism will get the better of him one of these days. It might have been anticipated that the pre-set routines of a ...

Robert Palmer: Some Guys Have All The Hits

Interview by Lesley White, The Face, March 1983

It's hard to be a superstar in today's tough musical world. Caught for a long time between ever-changing trends, ROBERT PALMER finally found his blue-eyed ...

The Palmer's Boy

Report and Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, 14 April 1983

... Robert Palmer, that is. A maker of tasteful dance records for well over ten years. Big everywhere from Guatemala to the Costa Del Sol. ...

Robert Palmer: Pride

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, 30 April 1983

WHEN HE gets up in the morning his muscles ache and his emotions are strange, far off, unrecognisable things, but the fine jets of water ...

Robert Palmer: Dominion, London

Live Review by Richard Williams, The Times, 1 June 1983

Shaken not stirred ...

Duran Duran, Robert Palmer, Prince Charles & The City Beat Band: Villa Park, Birmingham

Live Review by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, 30 July 1983

A whisper to a scream ...

Robert Palmer's Pride & Prejudice

Interview by Laura Fissinger, Creem, December 1983

IT WAS A case for the toughest and the best. They were both out of town, so CREEM sent me instead. ...

The Producers: Wally Badarou

Interview by Chas de Whalley, International Musician & Recording World, February 1986

Wally Badarou gets together with Chas de Whalley and puzzles over their possible family relationship ...

Robert Palmer's Power Outage

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, April 1986

The Power Station and Palmer's Latest LP Are Both "Heavy Metal Funk". Which Came First? ...

Robert Palmer: Rob's Revenge

Interview by Hank Bordowitz, International Musician & Recording World, October 1986

Every once in a while, Robert Palmer pulls another hit out of the bag, and silences those critics who accuse him of being a pop ...

Robert Palmer: How to Run the Riptide With Style

Interview by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 7 November 1986

Adam Sweeting on the rise of Robert Palmer ...

Robert Palmer On Singers

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Q, December 1986

THESE ARE MY favourite 10, and not in any particular order. For instance, I do think Billie Holiday was better than Peter Cox, the singer ...

Robert Palmer: Any Time, Any Place, Anywhere...

Profile and Interview by Robert Sandall, Q, August 1988

He's coasted – apparently unperspiring – through 15 years of shifting fashion while somehow remaining knuckle – gnawingly modern. All it took was a shrewd ...

Interview: Island Records' Chris Blackwell (1989) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by John Tobler, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 1989

This is a transcript of John Tobler's 1989 audio interview. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Robert Palmer: Five Girls for Every Boy

Interview by Martin Aston, Details, December 1994

Robert Palmer's 'Addicted to Love' made his all-girl band into icons. Where are they now? ...

Robert Palmer Likes Being In Funk

Interview by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Daily News, 1996

NATTILY DRESSED CROONER Robert Palmer admits his most interesting work was found on his first three albums cut in the mid-'70s with members of Stuff, ...

Might As Well Face It, He Was Fantastic: Robert Palmer, R.I.P.

Obituary by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, 27 September 2003

ROBERT PALMER was a multi-talented musical heavyweight who allowed his love of the high life to guide his career. ...

Robert Palmer, 1949-2003

Obituary by Richard Williams, The Guardian, 27 September 2003

BORN IN BATLEY, Yorkshire, and raised in Malta (his father was a naval officer), Palmer had a voice that could be suave and gritty by ...

see also Power Station, The

see also Vinegar Joe

see also Dada


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