Milestones Oct. 6, 2003

DIED. ROBERT PALMER, 54, natty Brit-rock eminence of the '80s; of a heart attack; in Paris. In his crisp, sexy videos for Addicted to Love and Simply Irresistible, leggy ladies struck poses while a fuzzy bass line growled under Palmer's knowing vocals. And there stood the star in jacket and tie, like an investment banker unwinding on karaoke night. He would rather be remembered for adapting a world of musical styles to the R. and B. he grew up loving. But for a legion of fans, Palmer will always fit his own ironic self-description: the James Bond of boogie. --By Richard...

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