On April 18, 1996, Bernard Edwards died aged 43. He was musician (bass), singer, songwriter and record producer, co-founder of the band Chic. As musician and producer he worked with David Bowie, Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry, Madonna, The Power Station, Duran Duran, Norma Jean Wright, Mick Jagger, Joe Cocker, Paul Simon, Sheila and B. Devotion, Nona Hendryx, Robert Palmer, Belouis Some, Air Supply, Rod Stewart, Adam Ant and James Freud. As leader Edwards released one album. In 2017, “Bass Player” magazine placed Edwards at number 53 on its list of the “Greatest Bassist of All Time”.
On December 8, 1981, Walter Horton aka Big Walter Horton or Walter “Shakey” Horton died aged 60. He was musician (harmonica), regarded as one of the best harmonica players in the blues history. Willie Dixon said about Horton “the best harmonica player I ever heard”, and Robert Palmer named him as “one of the three great harmonica soloists of modern blues”. In 1982, Horton was posthumously inducted into the “Blues Hall of Fame”.
On November 17, 2014, “BMG Rights Management” label released “Avonmore”, the fifteenth Bryan Ferry studio album. It was recorded in 2014, and was produced by Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies, Johnson Somerset, and Todd Terje.
- Bryan Ferry – vocals, keyboards
- Johnny Marr, Nile Rodgers, Neil Hubbard, Oliver Thompson, Chris Spedding, David Williams, Steve Jones, Jacob Quistgaard – guitar
- Colin Good – piano
- Paul Beard – keyboards
- Maceo Parker – alto saxophone
- Iain Dixon, Robert Fowler, Richard White – saxophone
- Marcus Miller, Guy Pratt, Flea, Neil Jason – bass
- Tara Ferry, Andy Newmark, Cherisse Osei – drums
- Cherisse Osei – percussion
- Frank Ricotti – percussions
- John Moody – oboe
- Richard White – saxophone
- Enrico Tomass – trumpet
- Fonzi Thornton, Laura Mann, Emily Panic, Hannah Khemoh, Jodie Scantlebury, Bobbie Gordon – backing vocals
- Todd Terje – programming, synth
All tracks by Bryan Ferry, except where noted.
- Loop De Li
- Midnight Train
- Soldier of Fortune – Brian Ferry, Johnny Marr
- Drivig Me Wild
- A Special Kind of Guy
- Avonmore – Bryan Ferry, Oliver Thompson
- One Night Stand
- Send in the Clowns – Stephen Sondheim
- Johnny and Mary – Robert Palmer
On August 12, 2010, Richard “Richie” Hayward died aged 64. He was a musician (drums), best known as the drummer of Little Feat. Hayward recorded and performed with many artists including Paul Rodgers, The Doobie Brothers, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Arlo Guthrie, Al Kooper, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Seger, Carly Simon, Nancy Sinatra, Stephen Stills, Tom Waits, John Cale, Warren Zevon, Warren HaynesJoan Armatrading, Delaney Bramlett, Kim Carnes, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, James Cotton, Jonny Lang, Barbra Streisand, Eric Lynn, Nils Lofgren, Taj Mahal, Coco Montoya, Robert Palmer, Van Dyke Parks, Robert Plant, Helen Watson, and Jimmy Herring.
On July 22, 2019, Arthur Lanon Neville died aged 81. He was singer, musician (piano, keyboards) and songwriter, a founding member of The Meters, co-founder of The Neville Brothers, and founding member of The Funky Meters. He performed and recorded with Paul McCartney, Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, Professor Longhair, and Labelle. Neville received three “Grammy Awards”.
On July 16, 2012, Robert Kreinar aka Bob Babbitt died aged 74. He was a musician (bass), member of the “Motown Records” studio band The Funk Brothers, MFSB for “Philadelphia International Records”, and founding member of Scorpion. As a session musician Babbitt recorded for Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Gloria Gaynor, Robert Palmer, Alice Cooper, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Spinners, Stevie Wonder, Edwin Starr, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Freda Payne, The Temptations, and The Main Ingredient. “Bass Player” magazine ranked Babbitt at number 59 on its list of the “100 Greatest Bass Players of All Time”.
On October 26, 2019, Paul Barrere died aged 71. He was musician (guitar) and songwriter. He recorded and performed with Taj Mahal, Jack Bruce, Chicken Legs, Blues Busters, Valerie Carter, Helen Watson, Chico Hamilton, Robert Palmer, Eikichi Yazawa, and Carly Simon, but was best known as guitarist of Little feat.
In November 1975, “Island” label released “Pressure Drop”, the second Robert Palmer studio album. It was recorded in 1975, at “Blue Seas Studio” in Hunt Valley, Maryland, and was produced by Steve Smith.
- Robert Palmer– vocals, percussion
- Lowell George– guitar, backing vocals
- Bill Payne– keyboards
- Paul Barrere– guitar, backing vocals
- Richie Hayward– drums, percussion, backing vocals
- Kenny Gradney, James Jamerson– bass
- Ed Greene– drums, percussion
- Jean Alain Roussel– clavinet, keyboards, Hammond B-3
- Gordon DeWitty – clavinet
- Gene Page– strings
- The Muscle Shoals Horns– horns
- Mel Collins– saxophones, flute
- Mongezi Feza– trumpet, flageolet
- Ray Allen – trombone
- Vicki Brown, Fran Tate, Sam Clayton – backing vocals
- David Snell – harp
- Joe Brown– banjo
- Steve York – harmonica
- Martin Frye – tuba
- Phill Brown– engineering
- Graham Hughes – cover concept, design, photography
All tracks by Robert Palmer except where noted.
- Give Me an Inch
- Work to Make It Work
- Back in My Arms
- River Boat – Allen Toussaint
- Pressure Drop – Frederick Hibbert
- Here with You Tonight – Robert Palmer, Pete Gage
- Trouble – Lowell George
- Fine Time
- Which of Us Is the Fool
In September 1974, “Island” label released “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley”, the debut Robert Palmer solo album. It was recorded in 1974, in New York, New Orleans and at “Compass Point Studios” in Nassau, and was produced by Steve Smith.
- Robert Palmer – vocals
- Vicki Brown– backing vocals
- Mongezi Feza – flageolet, horns
- Art Neville– keyboards
- Leo Nocentelli– guitar
- George Porter, Jr.– bass
- Joseph Modeliste– drums
- Simon Phillips– drums
- Lowell George– slide guitar, guitar
- Cornell Dupree– guitar
- Richard Tee– piano
- Gordon Edwards – bass
- Bernard Purdie– drums
- Jim Mullen– guitar
- Jody Linscott– percussion
- Steve York – harmonica solo
- Steve Winwood– piano
- Phill Brown– engineering, mixing
- Ken Laxton – engineering
- Alan Varner – engineering
- Rhett Davies– engineering
- Graham Hughes – artwork, cover photography
All songs by Robert Palmer except where noted.
- Sailing Shoes – Lowell George
- Hey Julia
- Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley – Allen Toussaint
- Get Outside
- Blackmail – Robert Palmer, Lowell George
- How Much Fun
- From a Whisper to a Scream – Allen Toussaint
- Through It All There’s You
In June 1979, “Island” label released “Secrets”, the fifth Robert Palmer album. It was recorded in 1979, at “Compass Point Studios” in New Providence, Bahamas, and was produced by Robert Palmer.
- Robert Palmer– vocals
- Pierre Brock – bass
- Dony Wynn – drums
- Kenny Mazur – guitar
- Steve Robbins – keyboards
- Jack Waldman– keyboards
- Karl Pitterson– engineer, mix
- Benjamin Armbrister, Kendall Stubbs – assistant engineers
- Greg Calbi – mastering
- Susan Palmer – cover concept, design
- Graham Hughes – art direction, photography
All tracks by Robert Palmer except where noted.
- Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) – Moon Martin
- Too Good to Be True
- Can We Still Be Friends – Todd Rundgren
- In Walks Love Again
- Mean Ol’ World – Andy Fraser
- Love Stop – John David
- Jealous – Jo Allen
- Under Suspicion – Dennis Linde, Alan Rush
- Woman You’re Wonderful – Jo Allen, Robert Palmer
- What’s It Take?
- Remember to Remember