Richard William Palmer-James (born 11 June 1947) is an English musician with more than 500 credits on discogs.com. He may be best known as one of the founding members of Supertramp, writing lyrics for several songs by the progressive rock group King Crimson in the early 1970s., and for writing lyrics for the 1985 super hit "(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena" by Sandra.
Palmer-James was born in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth, where he got his start in the music business playing in various local bands: The Corvettes, The Palmer-James Group (formed with Alec James), Tetrad, and Ginger Man, all of which included John Wetton on bass and vocals. He was a founding member of Supertramp, playing guitar and singing vocals, as well as writing the lyrics for their self-titled debut album under the name Richard Palmer. He also co-wrote the lyrics of "Goldrush", a song written during his days in the band but not recorded until their 2002 album Slow Motion.
Palmer wrote lyrics for three of King Crimson's albums: Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black, and Red. He did not participate in any of King Crimson's recordings, but worked with John Wetton and David Cross after Robert Fripp disbanded the group in 1974.
Palmer has lived in Munich since the early 1970s. In 1978 he was visited by John Wetton and W.J. Hutcheson, his bandmates in Tetrad. Over 10 days, with the German drummer Curt Cress, they recorded, as "Jack-Knife", an album of songs from the early days called I Wish You Would. He wrote the English lyrics for the Italo Disco inventors La Bionda.
In 1997 he released a CD with former bandmate John Wetton, "Monkey Business", a compilation of unreleased material including some songs that were recorded for the first time in studio, including a King Crimson tune called "Doctor Diamond".Supertamp
1970 : Supertramp
2002 : Slow-Motion : One of his compositions, Goldrush is featured here.
1973 : Get Out To The Country
1973 : Larks' Tongues in Aspic
1974 : Starless & Bible Black
1974 : Red
1979 : Sideshow/Wednesday - Single - The song Sideshow was written by Palmer-James & Hermann Weindorf.
1979 : I wish you would - With John Wetton.
1998 : Arkangel - With Robert Fripp, Steve Hackett, etc.
2011 : Raised in captivity - The song The Devil and the Opera House was co-written by Palmer-James, John Wetton & Billy Sherwood.
John Wetton & Richard Palmer-James
1998 : Monkey Business 1972 - 1997
2014 : Jack-Knife / Monkey Business 1972 - 1997
2016 : Takeaway