Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1979 Robert Palmer – Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)

1979 Robert Palmer – Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)

Robert Palmer grew up in Scarborough, England. By the time he was 21, Robert had performed in multiple bands, singing and playing rhythm guitar. He joined the jazz-rock fusion band Dada for a year, after which he and several other members formed the soul-rock band Vinegar Joe. That group released three albums, after which Robert started a solo career. He recorded three albums between 1974 and 1976.

After his third album failed to garner many sales, Robert moved to the Bahamas. As a result, his 1978 album, Double Fun, reflected a Caribbean sound. He released Every Kinda People as the first single from the album and it finally brought him onto the charts in the US. The record peaked at #16 on the Hot 100 in 1978.

He released four singles in 1979 that came from his next album. The most successful single was Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor). It reached #14 on the Hot 100 and topped the chart in Canada.

Robert continued to record albums and appear in concert but didn’t reach the top forty again in the next four years. In 1983, he performed at a Duran Duran’s charity concert and became friends with members of the group.

A year later, Robert formed the group The Power Station with two members of Duran Duran. Andy Taylor played guitar and John Taylor played bass and former Chic drummer Tony Thompson filled out the group. Their first two singles both reached the top ten on the Hot 100. Robert played in concert with the group only once, after which he left to work on a solo album. Michael Des Barres took over vocals for the group, but they never had another hit.

Several members from The Power Station helped Robert record his album. The first two singles from his album did not do well, but the third single had a kick-butt video and Addicted To Love reached #1 on the Hot 100. A lot of hit singles followed in the wake of that break-through.

All the members of The Power Station except John reunited to record a second album and tour briefly in 1995.

Perhaps at least partially a result of his heavy smoking habit, Robert suffered a heart attack and died in 2003 at the relatively young age of 54.


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