Tag: Robert Palmer

Friday 4/8/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Robert Palmer – Clues (1980)

Clues is the sixth studio album by Robert Palmer, released September 26, 1980. It has a rockier, new wave edge compared to his previous releases. The album peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart and No. 31 in the UK in 1980. The album also peaked at No. 1 in Sweden, No. 3 in France, No. 15 in the Netherlands and No. 42 in Italy. Donald Guarisco of AllMusic described Clues as “one of Robert Palmer’s strongest and most consistent albums”, despite being somewhat short at 31 minutes.

Palmer, who played percussion on Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, had the favor returned when the band’s drummer Chris Frantz played bass drum on “Looking for Clues” along with Palmer’s drummer, Dony Wynn. Andy Fraser, the former bassist of Free and the author of Palmer’s first breakthrough single “Every Kinda People”, played bass on the album on two songs. New wave musician Gary Numan co-wrote a song with Palmer (another co-write between the two appearing on Maybe It’s Live) and played keyboards on a remake of his own song “I Dream of Wires”. This was first issued on CD in 1985 when Island’s catalogue was issued under WEA Manufacturing. The WEA pressings are sought-after collector’s items.

The video to the first track on the album, “Looking for Clues”, aired on MTV’s first day of broadcasting, on August 1, 1981.

“Looking for Clues” – 4:52
“Sulky Girl” – 4:07
“Johnny and Mary” – 3:59
“What Do You Care” – 2:44
“I Dream of Wires” – 4:34
“Woke Up Laughing” – 3:36
“Not a Second Time” – 2:48
“Found You Now” – 4:37

Robert Palmer – vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums (track 6), percussion, production
Dony Wynn – drums
Jack Waldman – keyboards
Kenny Mazur – guitar (tracks 1, 2, 7)
Chris Frantz – drums (track 1)
Andy Fraser – bass guitar (tracks 2, 7)
Alan Mansfield – guitar (track 3)
Paul Gardiner – bass guitar (track 5)
Gary Numan – keyboards (track 5)

Wednesday 10/20/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Robert Palmer – Secrets (1979)

Secrets is the fifth solo album by Robert Palmer, released in June 1979. It includes “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)” which peaked at No. 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1979, and a remake of the Todd Rundgren song “Can We Still Be Friends”, which peaked at No. 52 in 1980. The album peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 and No. 54 in the UK Albums Chart in 1979. Palmer also scored a hit single with “Jealous” which rose to No. 31 in Canada.

The album peaked at No. 19 in the United States and charted in the Top 50 in five other countries.

“Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)” – 3:10
“Too Good to Be True” – 2:54
“Can We Still Be Friends” – 3:37
“In Walks Love Again” – 2:45
“Mean Ol’ World” – 3:33
“Love Stop” – 2:57
“Jealous” – 3:15
“Under Suspicion” – 3:25
“Woman You’re Wonderful” – 3:57
“What’s It Take?” – 3:26
“Remember to Remember” – 3:30

Robert Palmer – vocals, production
Pierre Brock – bass guitar
Dony Wynn – drums
Kenny Mazur – guitar
Steve Robbins, Jack Waldman – keyboards

Friday 2/12/2021 10pm ET: Feature LP: Robert Palmer – Double Fun (1978)

Double Fun is the fourth solo album by Robert Palmer, released in 1978. Self-produced, this pop album is influenced by multiple genres including blue-eyed soul, disco and heavy rock but maintains an overall consistency of production which holds it all together. The album peaked at number 45 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart in 1978, his highest rank up to that point, and includes a top 20 hit, “Every Kinda People.”

The hit single from the album “Every Kinda People” was written by former Free bassist Andy Fraser. Fraser recorded his own version of the song which he never released but which Palmer heard. This album and the hit single paved the way for his next album Secrets which reached No. 19 on the Billboard charts and gave Palmer his biggest hit yet with the Moon Martin penned “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)”.

The album cracked the Billboard Top 100 peaking at No. 45 thanks to the success of “Every Kinda People”, and two follow up singles continued to keep the album afloat on the charts. The last track “You’re Going To Get What’s Coming” penned by Palmer later became a hit single (reaching No. 73 on the Billboard Charts in 1980) for Bonnie Raitt and was featured on her 1979 album The Glow. Double Fun peaked at No. 10 in the Netherlands and No. 29 in New Zealand.

“Every Kinda People” – 3:17
“Best of Both Worlds” – 3:54
“Come Over” – 4:06
“Where Can It Go?” – 3:20
“Night People” – 4:12
“Love Can Run Faster” – 4:02
“You Overwhelm Me” – 3:05
“You Really Got Me” – 4:23
“You’re Gonna Get What’s Coming” – 4:29

Robert Palmer – vocals, guitar, percussion
Paul Barrère – guitar, backing vocals
Keith Errol Benson, Richie Hayward, Chris Parker – drums
Harry Bluestone – concertmaster
Michael Brecker – saxophone
Randy Brecker – trumpet
Pierre Brock, Jimmy Williams, Bob Babbitt – bass guitar
Lenny Castro, Robert Greenidge – percussion
Gene Davis – string arrangements
John Davis – string arrangements
Freddie Harris, Neil Hubbard, James Mahoney, Donovan McKitty, T.J. Tindall – guitar
Ron Kersey, Edward Putmon, Steve Robbins, James Allen Smith, Louis John Davis – keyboards
Bill Payne – keyboards, backing vocals
Don Renaldo – concertmaster
Brenda Russell – backing vocals
Brian Russell – backing vocals
Allan Schwartzberg – percussion, drums

Friday 11am ET: Feature Artist – Robert Palmer

Robert Allen Palmer (January 19, 1949 – September 26, 2003) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He was known for his distinctive, soulful voice, sartorial elegance and for combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae, and blues.

Palmer’s involvement in the music industry began in the 1960s, covered four decades and included a spell with the band Vinegar Joe. He found success both in his solo career and with the Power Station, and had Top 10 songs in both the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1980s. Three of his hit singles, “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On,” “Addicted to Love,” and “Simply Irresistible”, were accompanied with stylish music videos directed by British fashion photographer Terence Donovan. Palmer received a number of awards throughout his career, including two Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, an MTV Video Music Award, and two Brit Award nominations for Best British Male Solo Artist.

Palmer died following a heart attack on September 26, 2003.

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

This week on the Sounds of The 80’s, Edie Brickell, Cars, Robert Palmer, America, Julian Lennon, Dave Edmunds, Hall & Oates, Whispers, Jacksons, AC/DC and more. . . 

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70’s

This week on Sounds of The 70’s we feature:  Pablo Cruise, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Charlie Daniels Band, Wild Cherry, Neil Diamond, Hot Chocolate, Elvis Costello and The Attractions, Robert Palmer, Doobie Brothers and more . . . 

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80s

This week we feature music from:  Journey, Stray Cats, Juice Newton, Planet P Project, Peter Tosh, Elton John, Dicks, Toto, Huey Lewis and The News, Stevie Nicks, .38 Special, Lionel Richie, Robert Palmer and more . .  .

Sounds of The 70s with Dan Varroney 9am ET

Summer hitsIt’s “Summer Hits of the 70s” today at 9:00 am on Sounds of The 70s were we’ll feature, Bad Company, Bob Seger, Paul Simon Godspell, Eric Carmen, Three Dog Night, Chris Thompson, Robert Palmer, John Travolta & Olivia Newton John, Robin McNamara, Pilot, 8th Day, Hot, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Elton John, Bobby Sherman, Grand Funk Railroad, Helen Reddy, and so much more. Join us at 9:00 am!