David Palmer (vocalist)
David Palmer is an American vocalist and songwriter, most noted for his lead vocals on the Steely Dan song "Dirty Work" and as lyricist of the Carole King No. 2 hit, "Jazzman". Palmer was born and raised in Warren Township, Watchung, New Jersey.
Palmer's first band was the Myddle Class, formed while still in high school, which performed at Greenwich Village clubs such as the Night Owl. After the band broke up, Palmer formed the Quinaimes Band, which recorded an album for Elektra Records before disbanding.
At the insistence of ABC Records executives, Palmer sang lead on two tracks on Steely Dan's 1972 debut album, Can't Buy A Thrill"Dirty Work" and "Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)"as well as doubling parts of Donald Fagen's vocals on "Reelin' in the Years", "Only a Fool Would Say That", and "Change of the Guard" to reach the high notes. He also sang lead on all of Steely Dan's songs when performed live in their early concerts as a result of Fagen's lack of live vocal power at this point. Fagen eventually took over as lead vocalist and Palmer left the band, but Palmer did contribute backing vocals on the band's subsequent release, Countdown to Ecstasy.
After his exit from Steely Dan, Palmer worked with a number of songwriters, and later formed the band Wha-Koo with Danny Douma. Wha-Koo released three albums, "The Big Wha-Koo" in 1977, "Bershire" in 1978 and "Fragile Line" in 1979. He also contributed the song "Silhouette" to the 1985 film Teen Wolf. The song plays during the house party sequence where Scott and Boof participate in Styles' "games."
Digital photography career
Since 2002, David Palmer has been a digital photographer specializing in landscapes and fine art images.
- Can't Buy A Thrill, ABCX 738, liner notes
- Filipponi, Paolo. [David Palmer (vocalist) at All Music Guide Biography: Wha-Koo]. Allmusic. Retrieved on 1 August 2010.
- David Palmer Images Photography Website
|Walter Becker - Donald Fagen|
|Jeff "Skunk" Baxter - Denny Dias - Jim Hodder - Michael McDonald - David Palmer|
Studio albums: Can't Buy a Thrill - Countdown to Ecstasy - Pretzel Logic - Katy Lied
The Royal Scam - Aja - Gaucho - Two Against Nature - Everything Must Go
Live Albums: Alive in America - Plush TV Jazz-Rock Party
Compilations: Greatest Hits - Steely Dan - Gold - Gold (Expanded) - A Decade of Steely Dan
Reelin' In The Years - Do It Again - Citizen Steely Dan
Then and Now - Showbiz Kids - Definitive Collection
Also featured on: Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz