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Send up a balloon in Keith's Memory
June 13

June 13, 2001
Carol Lee Palmer writes:
Today is the fifth year anniversary of my husband, Keith Palmer's passing. On this day each year my little boy and I send a balloon to Heaven for "Daddy." I would like to ask that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers today, and if you could please say a prayer for our little boy, too. You are welcome to join us in sending a balloon to Heaven!
Thank You
Carol Lee Palmer



Keith's family: Wife, Carol Lee and son, Johnny

June 13, 2008
Carol Lee Palmer writes:
     I don't know if you will remember me, but I know you continue to remember my late husband, Keith Palmer.  I looked for your wonderful tribute to him today.  I was so glad to see it was still there.  It was on this day, twelve years ago, that Keith died. I would love to hear from some people who knew him, and would share some stories with our son who was only three at the time. He never got to know his dad.  He is almost 16 now. 
     I loved reading all the posts about Keith.  It meant so much to me, especially today.  We still have the Koala bear that your Australian posters sent to my son when he was a toddler.
     Thank you Marli for continuing to remember Keith! 
Love Carol Lee Palmer


I invite friends, family and fans of Keith's to send their comments and/or stories of Keith to be posted on MKOC's tribute to him. Please be sure to let me know you grant permission to have your message posted on the site.
Thanks to all of you who continue to help me keep Keith's memory and music alive!

Keith Palmer

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds -- and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of -- wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there, I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long, delirious burning blue, I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or even eagle flew. And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod The high untresspassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God. -- RACF Flight-Lieutenant John Gillespie Magee Jr. (1922-1941)

This was Keith's favorite poem and it was read at his funeral service.


Keith Palmer

Fun Facts:

Keith was left-handed, a Dr. Pepper "Pepper", and adored James Taylor's music. He also was a private pilot, and loved flying! He once owned a Toyota Corolla, which he called the "Demo Limo!"

On 11-11-2000 I received the following letter from Keith's wife, Carol Lee.

I am Carol Lee Palmer, Keith Palmer's widow. I just discovered your site by accident. I am overwhelmed. Thank you so very much. My little boy and I were putting his daddy's name into Yahoo because Golden Records is starting a Keith Palmer site.  Believe it or not, Keith will soon have a new single out! They are finishing up the CD now. On the day Keith died I promised that I would not stop until the world heard Keith's voice. After four years of not giving up I have him signed to a record deal on Golden Records. Keith is being produced by Scott Miller, who worked with Jimmy Bowen and developed Deana Carter. "If You Want To Find Love" off the Epic CD is currently being played on a few small radio stations. It has jumped ten slots, two weeks in a row on the "New Music Weekly" charts! It's at #59. (It will be on the new single too.)
I am so grateful to you for creating this site. I really am overwhelmed. It is a beautiful tribute to my husband. Thank you for not forgetting him.
I would love to hear from you!
Carol Lee Palmer

On 11-13-2000, I received the following message in the MKOC Guestbook about Keith:

Name: Steve Canup
From: Lubbock, TX

Thank you for featuring Keith Palmer. I agree that he was one of the best singers ever to hit Nashville. His wife Carol Lee Palmer told me she accidentally found this site. What a shock and pleasant surprise to find him on your site.

Keith wrote for my publishing company, Gene Vowell Music, during 1989 and 1990. My partner, Gene Vowell, knew and worked with Keith all during the 1980's.

Keith was a very special, kind, considerate and uniquely talented person. Like all of us, he had his own set of problems. However, they never got in the way of the greatest demo singer ever to hit Nashville.

His song writing had a way of touching your heart like no other. Like many good songwriters, he wrote his own songs from personal experience. One such song, "I Don't Think Mom & Dad Would Understand" was written both for his birth parents (who I THINK passed away in an accident when he was very young) and his foster parents. I am including the lyric below.

"I Don't Think Mom & Dad Would Understand" (copyrighted)

<Verse 1>
I hope my mom and dad can't see the shape I’m in-- when I leave this honky-tonk at closing time again-- cause if heaven's got windows, they'll see what I really am-- and I don't think mom & dad would understand.

<Verse 2>
They raised me in church and taught me right from wrong-- lord you wouldn't know it now, I guess it's been too long-- I’m only 33 years old but I’ve pawned three wedding bands-- and I don't think mom & dad would understand.

----- chorus:-----
I'm not worthy lord but answer just one prayer for me-- tell 'em that I miss 'em but don't let them see-- that the little boy they loved and raised didn't turn out like they planned-- and I don't think mom & dad would understand.

<Verse 3>
I've heard that up in heaven no-one's ever sad-- so let 'em think that I’m the kind of son they should've had-- 'cause lord they've never seen me with a bottle in my hand-- and I don't think mom & dad would understand.

---- chorus:-----
I'm not worthy lord but answer just one prayer for me-- tell 'em that I miss 'em but don't let them see-- that the little boy they loved and raised didn't turn out like they planned-- and I don't think mom & dad would understand.

------ By: Keith Palmer, May, 1990--

Gene Vowell Music - Steve Canup (806) 799-4181 or Gene Vowell (615) 868-3848

Also, Carol Lee is working on an album project and possible movie about his life.

Thank you for being such a great and loyal fan of Keith's. We all loved him very much and miss him greatly!!!

Steve also offered to send more of Keith's music to place on the site and I quickly responded with an absolute YES and THANK YOU.. so, hopefully, we'll all get to hear more of Keith's music very soon! Again, thanks so much, Steve for your kind words and for sharing more of Keith with his fans.

Update July 20, 2005

I have learned from Keith's first cousin that his birth mother is alive and didn't die in a car crash. In fairness to Steve (above), he said he "I THINK" when referring to Keith's parents, not that it was an actual fact but thanks to Keith's cousin, we have one more piece of the puzzle solved.


On May 16, 2002 I received this message from Fans in Australia

Hi there, just found your page on Keith Palmer, and wanted to say well done. I have an unusual story if you'd like to hear it. I'm from Australia and years ago (when Keith's CD first came out in USA) a friend of ours, (a musician actually) was over there on holiday. He'd heard Keith on radio and learned that his CD was being released the day he left to come home to Australia. He had the taxi driver stop by a store on the way to the airport to purchase the CD because he liked what he heard. On returning to Australia he lent the CD to my husband (another musician) and I too,  listened, I instantly fell in love with it and didn't want to give it back. (was not impressed!!) Upon trying to purchase it here in Australia we were told it was no longer available and even our CD store which imported CD's had no luck finding it for us. After a year or two, our friend visited America again and promised me he would search the stores over there to find a copy for me...........with no luck. When he came home again he gave me his copy of the CD because he knew I loved it so much. For ages, we listened to this CD, just loving it. (I wonder if we have the only copy in Australia???) One day we decided we just had to know if Keith had made any further recording but found nothing. In desperation we phoned Bob Montgomery Productions (from his CD cover) and was told the sad news that Keith was very ill. The gentleman there actually gave me Keith's phone number so I could speak to him personally. Keith's wife Carol Lee actually answered the phone when I rang and could not believe I was phoning from Australia to inquire about Keith's music. When she handed the phone to Keith, I could not stop the silent tears as I stared at his CD cover and listened to his glorious voice over the phone. For me, it was a dream come true to speak personally to one of my favourite singers.

If you are still in contact with Carol Lee, please pass on our blessings to her and her son, I wonder if she still remembers that phone call from the Land Down Under.

Anyway, enough rambling, keep up your good work with giving artists the recognition they deserve. I would love details on Keith's new CD when it comes out as I very much doubt we will hear anything here in Australia.

Many thanks.
Sharon and Peter Delle Coste

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