UNDERWAY -- There's a little bit of Riptide playing on the radio right now as tribute to Robert Palmer's contribution to the music world. Chain smoker Palmer died in Paris on 26 September. His gravelly vocals were attributed to whisky and cigarettes.
I had several Palmer hits on my 1980s Walkman. "Addicted to Love" and "She Makes My Day" brought international success to Palmer. The video for "Addicted to Love," with a suited Palmer backed by a group of lookalike black-clad models, was one of the most famous videos of the 80s. The song did better in the States than in England, earning him a Grammy.