Palmar was born in Hamtramck, Michigan, the son of an auto plant worker, and graduated from Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic High School. Growing up in the ’60s, Palmar was fortunate. He listened to AM and early FM radio, which was partial to Motown and Detroit rock bands, and watched TV, girls screaming at the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who and The Kinks.
His dad bought him his first guitar and amp in ’67. He experimented with guitar lessons but “got burned out. I went home and started playing to Yardbirds records instead.
Palmar learned to play harmonica by listening to the Yardbirds’ Keith Relf and Scott Morgan of the Rationals. “The Rationals’ ‘Respect,’ that’s where he really learned the harp.
The Romantics self-titled debut album in 1980 yielded the hit “What I Like About You,” which carries on throughout the decades. Other singles include, “When I Look In Your Eyes,” “A Night Like This,” “Rock You Up,” “One in a Million,” “Test of Time,” “Mystified,” and the international hit, “Talking In Your Sleep.” Throughout that era, The Romantics appeared repeatedly on classic television shows like “American Bandstand,” “Solid Gold,” and “Soul Train.” The Romantics are continuously being re-introduced to new generations today via the extensive airplay on contemporary rock radio, satellite radio, various artist compilations, commercials and movie soundtracks.
Never content to simply rest on his red-leathered laurel, Palmar, continues to write, record and tour around the world with The Romantics.