I Didn't Mean to Turn You On was the debut single by American R'n'B singer Cherrelle in 1984. It was produced by the legends Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. It was a top ten US Dance chart hit but only got to number 79 on the Billboard Hot 100. Cherrelle would have a big UK hit with Saturday Love her duet with Alexander O'Neal.
In 1986 Robert Palmer released his album Riptide which featured his most famous song Addicted To Love. That album also featured his cover of I Didn't Mean To Turn You On and it was a huge hit for him. It got to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 8 here in Ireland and number 9 in the UK singles charts.
Throughout the 1980s Robert Palmer was without doubt one of the best male vocalists either as a solo artist or with The Power Station. His death in 2003 at the age of 54 was a huge loss of a great and talented man. He was such a cool and elegant man, pure class. His music was never just one genre it was a wonderful mix of pop, jazz, dance and r'n'b and that is what he will always be remembered for.
Here is an American music Awards performance of I Didn't Mean to Turn You On. The production is this song still sounds so smooth today.