Going For The Gold: Robert Palmer

The Video That Launched A Thousand Black Dresses (YouTube)

The Video That Launched a Thousand Black Dresses (YouTube)

Born in Britain and raised in the Mediterranean, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Robert Palmer[/lastfm] was all about great-fitting suits, perfectly-coiffed hair and ultra-smooth music. Surprisingly, only one of his his nine Top-40 singles went gold.

Not his first (“Every Kinda People”) or his last (“Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)/I Want You”) or six others in between. It was “Addicted to Love,” his Number 1 hit from 1986 that’s spawned a whole industry of black-clad models and video take-offs.

The third cut on his Riptide album — which included instrumentation by his friends from the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Power Station[/lastfm] — “Addicted to Love” was released in January 1986. It cracked the Top 40 in March and was certified gold three years later.

Want to know more about some golden oldies (and not-so-oldies)? Read more about them here…


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