Robert Palmer

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1999 (The 2000 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?


Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) (1978)
Addicted To Love (1986)
Simply Irresistible (1988)

Robert Palmer @ Wikipedia

Robert Palmer Videos

Will Robert Palmer be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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WHO DOES THE VOTING THAT COUNTS? THERE ARE GREATER ARTISTS THAN MADONNA THAT SHOULD BE IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME, AND WORKED MUCH ARE THAN JUST BEING JUST CONSIDERED AND NEVER PICK....IT SO HEARTBREATING THAT WHY I STOP WATCHING THE CERMONIES...THERE ARE SOME ARTISES THAT MADONNNA COULD'T HOLD A CANDLE TO NEED BETTER JUDGES THE PUBLIC THAT BUY AND LISTEN TO THESE SOME FORGOTTEN ARTISTS

Posted by YAYA on Sunday, 11.23.08 @ 19:29pm


Anti-Madonna comments on Robert Palmers board. She may be loved, but she is clearly hated as well.

And speaking of Robert Palmer - he was a hell of a singer and performer.

Posted by Blah-blah-blah on Friday, 12.5.08 @ 07:03am


Lyrics/Music

Bernie Taupin/Robert Palmer

Johnny and Mary

Many artists have covered this song, including Robert Palmer and Melissa Manchester. Who did the original? This was a only a Club hit for Palmer.

Johnny and Mary

Johnnys always running around
Trying to find certainty
He needs all the world to confirm
That he aint lonely
Mary counts the walls
Knows he tires easily

Johnny thinks the world would be right
If it could buy truth from him
Mary says he changes his mind more than a woman
But she made her bed
Even when the chance was slim

Johnny says he's willing to learn
When he decides he's a fool
Johnny says he'll live anywhere
When he earns time to
Mary combs her hair
Says she should be used to it
Mary always hedges her bets
She never knows what to think
She says that he still acts
Like he is being discovered
Scared that hell be caught
Without a second thought
Running around

Johnny feels he's wasting his breath
Trying to talk sense to her
Mary says he's lacking a real
Sense of proportion
So she combs her hair
Knows he tires easily

Johnny's always running around
Trying to find certainty
He needs all the world to confirm
That he ain't lonely
Mary counts the walls
Says she should be used to it

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 06.10.09 @ 14:46pm


Robert Palmer's talent as a song writer, producer, and performer should be recognized by his industry. Yes, most know him by the 80's videos and Power Station, but there is so much more talent. I wish the younger generation could learn more about all his good music. Such a gift!

Posted by diana on Saturday, 09.25.10 @ 22:25pm


Robert Palmer was a musicologist. He wrote, sang, produced and performed music. He lived it, he up-lifited, he shared it, he persevered it and he studied it. He was always steps ahead of the industry. One of the first using synths, making videos, infusing world music into his work, singing with a chorus. You could even say he's "the father" of the modern day video. If there's one thing the R&R Hall of Fame tries to do, it is to instill into the youth and people around the world an appreciation of music, all genres. He personified it and should be there.

Posted by kel on Monday, 03.21.11 @ 23:52pm


This is one man who is so over looked I wonder If his name's been mentioned ever by any of the nominating people. Name one white male singer today with half of this man's swagger...wait name one black, white, red or yellow man and I'm not talking about those girly men out there... I can't think of one!

Posted by nono on Thursday, 10.13.11 @ 19:15pm


Another incredible artist whose talent is overlooked and should be in the hallowed hall!

Posted by ricky on Thursday, 12.1.11 @ 18:27pm


Would love to see him voted in but...

Posted by dales on Wednesday, 05.2.12 @ 13:37pm


I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS .....THIS MAN CAN SING ANYTHING THING AND STILL LOOK GOOD FOR A SINGER THAT BEEN AROUND SINCE THE 7O'S ROCK ROLL H OF FAME WHATA SHAME

Posted by yolanda sills on Friday, 05.18.12 @ 02:26am


Hate to break the news to you, Yolanda, but he died in 2003. Don't know how that effected his looks, though.

Posted by The_Claw on Friday, 05.18.12 @ 10:28am


A bit more skeletony I presume.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 05.18.12 @ 11:11am


This is an interesting one. I think the "perception" of Palmer is built entirely around his mid to late 80s chart hits and MTV Videos. There was so much more to his music and contributions.

Palmer was a trailblazer in introducing African & Carribean music into rock. Long before Paul Simon's Graceland LP Palmer had already released excellent world music songs such as "Pride" & "Woke Up Laughing". Palmer was on the cutting edge technology wise with the use of computer generated instrument sounds with early 80s albums such Looking For Clues & Pride, long before they became the industry norm. He wrote, and often produced and arranged songs in a mind blowing array of styles, from his constant loves of Calypso and African Ju-Ju music to Reggae, heavy metal, new wave, and lushly orchestrated romantic ballads. He worked with a dizzying array of vastly different but well known musicians including guitar greats like Stevie Stevens & Nuno Bettencourt, Chic's producer and bass man Bernard Edwards, Duran Duran members John & Andy Taylor, Little Feat & The Meters, jazz producer Teo Macero, Allan Touissaint, and even UB40!

His choice in cover music was as eclectic and wide ranging as the material he composed himself, everyone from Toots & Matyls, Motorhead, Andy Frasier, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, & Frank Sinatra and Bille Holiday!!! Amazingly, he did just about all of it very well.

He also scored Top 20 Hits Singles on the US Charts in three different decades which is a rare feat. He is a two time Grammy Winner and was at the forefront of the MTV Video explosion in the mid 80s. Duran Duran & Rod Stewart have both listed him as a major influence.

He has longevity & creativity and a substantial amount of commercial success. I cant believe he hasn't been nominated.

Posted by Tom Leonard on Monday, 10.13.14 @ 20:45pm


Melissa Manchester's version of Johnny and Mary had additional lyrics, both versions by Bernie Taupin. Also covered by Tina Turner. Music by Robert Palmer. Palmer's version was the original.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.13.14 @ 20:56pm


I know that this is an old thread, but I had to comment. Robert Palmer was AMAZING, and he was one of the kings of Blue-Eyed-Soul. He was so original, a gentleman, and an amazing performer. Bernie Taupin added the lyrics to Melissa Mancherter's version, but Johnny and Mary by Robert Palmer is 100% Robert Palmer, with no help from Taupin.

Posted by George on Wednesday, 10.22.14 @ 21:26pm


Bad Case of Loving You should be an essential song.

Posted by Brian on Sunday, 10.23.16 @ 16:51pm


There is always wonder in how some artists can be overlooked and amazement as to how others where selected for the top honor. Through all the years THat I have witnessed rock and roll evolve the following should have been enrolled; Johnnie Brunette, Chubby Checker, almost all past R AND B PERFORMERS ACCROSS THE MUSICverse.

Posted by ALEX on Monday, 03.20.17 @ 19:27pm


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