Alan Palmer, 19 January 1949, Batley, Yorkshire, England, d. 26 September 2003, Paris, France. Britains leading blue-eyed soul singer served a musical apprenticeship over four decades in which time he participated in many different styles of music. Palmer spent much of his childhood in Malta where his father was serving in the navy. The family moved back to England when Robert was in his late teens, settling in Scarborough, Yorkshire. In the UK progressive music boom of the late 60s, Palmer joined the Mandrakes part-time, so as not to interfere with his day job as a graphic designer. Shortly afterwards he left for the lure of London to join the highly respected but commercially unsuccessful Alan Bown Set, replacing the departed Jess Roden. The following year he joined the ambitious conglomeration Dada, an experimental jazz rock unit featuring Elkie Brooks. Out of Dada came the much loved Vinegar Joe, with whom he made three albums.
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