Michael Palmer (musician)

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Michael Palmer
Born 1960 (age 57–58)
Maxfield Park, Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, dancehall
Occupation(s) Singer, record producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active Late 1970s–present
Labels Greensleeves
Power House
Midnight Rock
Vista Sounds

Michael Palmer (born 1960), also known as Palma Dog, is a Jamaican reggae musician who released several albums in the 1980s.


Born in the Maxfield Park area of Kingston in 1960,[1] Palmer began his career performing with sound systems such as Stereophonic Sound with General Echo in the late 1970s, taking inspiration from the success of his neighbour Leroy Smart.[2] The shooting death of Echo and Stereophonic's owner Big John in 1980 was a blow to Palmer's career.[3] His debut single, "Mr Landlord" (1975), recorded for producer Oswald Thomas was not successful, and it was not until a couple of years later when he found success with "Smoke the Weed", recorded at Channel One, and with producer Jah Thomas on tracks such as "Ghetto Dance" and "Different Love".[2] He went on to work with a variety of producers including George Phang, Sugar Minott, Prince Jammy, and Joseph Hoo Kim, and enjoyed a number one single in Jamaica in 1984 with the Phang-produced "Lick Shot".[2][3] He also performed at the Reggae Sunsplash festival that year.[4] His recordings led to a series of mid-1980s albums, including split albums with Frankie Jones, Frankie Paul, Johnny Osbourne, and Kelly Ranks.

Palmer moved into production, achieving success with Neville Brown's "Haul and Pull Up", and returned to recording himself in the early 1990s, with singles such as "Juggling" and "Everyone Makes Love".[2] After being advised to give up singing due to vocal problems, Palmer moved to the United States and was out of the music industry for almost 20 years.[5]

Palmer returned to music in the 21st century, performing in the US, and released new music in 2017.[5]


  • Lickshot (1982), Power House
  • Star Performer (1984), Tonos
  • Pull It Up Now (1985), Greensleeves
  • Angella (1984), Vista Sounds
  • Showdown vol. 4 (1984), Hitbound/Empire - with Frankie Jones
  • Double Trouble (1985), Greensleeves - with Frankie Paul
  • Ghetto Living (1985), Bebo's
  • I'm So Attractive (1985), Jammy's
  • Sweet Daddy (1985), Black Scorpio
  • We Rule (1985), Power House
  • Michael Palmer Meets Kelly Ranks at Channel One (1985), Dancefloor
  • Wicked (1985), Vibes & Vibes - with Johnny Osbourne
  • Showcase - I'm Still Dancing (198?), Midnight Rock
  • Joint Favourites (1986), Greensleeves - with Half Pint
  • Triston Palma Meets Michael Palmer, Midnight Rock - with Triston Palmer


  1. ^ Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (2004) The Rough Guide to Reggae, 3rd edn., Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-329-4, p. 274
  2. ^ a b c d Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p. 215
  3. ^ a b Moskowitz, David V. (2006) Caribbean Popular Music: an Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall, Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33158-8, p. 229
  4. ^ Thompson, Dave (2002) Reggae & Caribbean Music, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6, p. 229
  5. ^ a b Jackson, Kevin (2017) "Michael Palmer Makes Comeback", Jamaica Observer, 27 August 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017