Sahifa fully responsive WordPress News, Magazine, Newspaper, and blog ThemeForest one of the most versatile website themes in the world.

Billy Paul, a jazz and soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad and “Philadelphia Soul” classic “Me and Mrs. Jones,” died Sunday.

Paul, whose career spanned for more than 60 years, died at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey, his co-manager, Beverly Gay, told The Associated Press. Paul, 80, had been diagnosed recently with pancreatic cancer, Gay said.

Known by his beard and large glasses, Paul was one of many singers who found success with the writing and producing team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, whose Philadelphia International Records also released music by the O’Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and Lou Rawls.

“Me and Mrs. Jones” was an extramarital confession and a characteristic Gamble and Huff production, setting Paul’s thick tenor against a lush and sensuous arrangement. Many fans best remember the moment when Paul’s otherwise subtle vocals jump as they reach the title words, stretching out “Me” and “And” into multiple syllables and repeating “Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones.” (Paul himself was married to the same woman for decades).

Paul’s voice made him “one of the great artists to come out of Philly and to be celebrated worldwide,” Gamble and Huff said in a statement late Sunday.

“Our proudest moment with Billy was the recording of the salacious smash ‘Me and Mrs. Jones.’ In our view, it is one of the greatest love songs ever recorded,” they said.

The song was one of the top singles of 1972 and brought Paul a Grammy the following year for best male rhythm ‘n blues performance, with runners-up including Ray Charles and Curtis Mayfield. Paul remained identified with the song for the rest of his life.

Paul continued to perform live until he fell ill and his manager said he had been lining up numerous appearances at the time of his death. Among his favorites in concert was a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” (Prince died last Thursday).

He was born Paul Williams but later agreed to his manager’s suggestion that he change his name to Billy Paul to avoid confusion with songwriter Paul Williams and other musicians with the same name. A Philadelphia native, he sang much his life, performing with such jazz stars as Charlie Parker and Dinah Washington and being featured on a handful of singles while still in his teens.

Paul was drafted into the military in his early 20s, and found himself on the same base in Germany with a couple of famous show business names, Elvis Presley and Gary Crosby, Bing Crosby’s son.

“We said we’re going to start a band, so we didn’t have to do any hard work in the service,” he told bluesandsoul.com in 2015. “We tried to get Elvis to join but he wanted to be a jeep driver. So me and Gary Crosby, we started it and called ourselves the Jazz Blues Symphony Band.”

By the mid-1960s, the Beatles had inspired him to incorporate more rhythm ‘n blues into his singing and he had found a new home for his recordings after meeting Gamble at a Philadelphia music shop. His early albums with Gamble and Huff, including “Ebony Woman” and “Going East,” sold modestly, before “Me and Mrs. Jones” briefly made him a superstar.

Paul faced numerous obstacles following his biggest hit. Radio stations resisted his more socially conscious follow-up song, “Am I Black Enough for You” and the Rev. Jesse Jackson was among those who objected to the explicit “Let’s Make a Baby.”

Years later, Paul sued Gamble and Huff and other industry officials over unpaid royalties and was awarded $500,000 by a Los Angeles jury in 2003.

Paul is survived by his wife, Blanche Williams, with whom he had two children. Although he endured many difficult moments with Gamble and Huff, he would look back on those years as a lost golden age.

“It was like a family full of music,” he told bluesandsoul.com. “It was like music round the clock, you know. And I reminisce and I still wish those days were here.”

April 25, 2016
GettyImages-117134016.max-500x500-9ddb39e5eb556d2786af17416340dc6259aaf51a

‘Me and Mrs. Jones’ Singer Billy Paul Dead At Age 80

Billy Paul, a jazz and soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad and “Philadelphia Soul” classic “Me and Mrs. Jones,” died Sunday. Paul, […]
April 25, 2016
beyonce_lemonade_2-1dba924bf6c3c42efa02d98bb7ef5ed790ed6838

Critic’s Notebook: Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Is a Revolutionary Work of Black Feminism

Beyonce’s new visual album is a masterwork by a black woman for black women, about a subject they know well: how to turn nothing into something. […]
April 25, 2016
keanu-kitten-spooftrailer-700x305-aa449cca2da4eac0f365f4d56d317958a600d877

Key & Peele’s ‘Keanu’ Trailer Is Even Better with More Cats in Place of People

The trailer for Keanu was already entertaining on its own. Not only does the presence of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele make it a must-see comedy, […]
April 25, 2016
GettyImages-523973572.original-974824f9fce767149a18880572daba3080fb5e2e

Britain’s Prince Harry Honors Australian, New Zealand Fallen

Britain’s Prince Harry has laid a wreath during an early morning ANZAC Day service in London honoring fallen New Zealanders and Australians. Thousands of people gathered […]
April 25, 2016
0425-conor-mcgregor-tmz-4-dc7d305128d2885cddb7a9a1758edc7396379141

Conor McGregor — I’m Back On at UFC 200 … UFC Hasn’t Confirmed

Breaking News Conor McGregor says he’s BACK on the UFC 200 fight card … claiming he worked out a deal with UFC honchos Dana White and […]
April 25, 2016
ellen-pompeo-patrick-dempsey-5e808ca5-79e1-491a-8865-4dcc41dc025b-54e8a75fb45a3cfdf5b9d9d5c4d6217c89d4e8a5

Ellen Pompeo on Patrick Dempsey’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Exit: ‘It’s Amazing How Much You Get Done Without a Penis’

Revived this show! Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo discussed the aftermath of Patrick Dempsey‘s departure from the beloved ABC series, after his character was killed off […]
April 25, 2016
2016_BillieJoeArmstrongJoanJett_GettyImages523595898_250416-c6a7dcbc50c67415d045758fe9619f2cf2073c25

Watch Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong perform with Joan Jett at film premiere

Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong was joined on stage by Joan Jett during his brief solo gig in New York over the weekend. Armstrong performed shortly […]
April 25, 2016
126887-50b32ae27e86a67e6caf0b1426d4b05b80850d18

X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer Has A Huge Surprise At The End

Oh my God, what? The final X-Men: Apocalypse trailer just dropped on a Chinese site, and it’s the best use of the previously existing footage, setting […]
April 25, 2016
ZZ5104F0D9-700x341-a408118880d1a2d223590237d10ad7f298d0bc2a

New Star Wars Land Rendering Reveals The Layout Of The Star Wars Experience

A new rendering of Disney’s upcoming Star Wars Land has been released. The concept art by Walt Disney Imagineering’s Greg Pro gives us a better look […]
April 25, 2016
leon-bridges-gq-0516-1-bba744803ea2b0de90e8b1e10d3360f2cb8580c9

Leon Bridges Wears Spring’s Soulful, Vintage-Inspired Designer Suits

Suit $3,045, Valentino; shirt $995, Valentino; loafers $170, Cole Haan; necklace, Degs & Sal; bracelets, Tiffany & Co.; watch, TAG Heuer; ring (below watch), Cartier, large […]
April 25, 2016
cc3b09d3ccb759759cc8f86dbdf4fdfc-5c7fc802a76a26f3f4bc3981530a40fa571577c2

.@m_lhuillier / Monique Lhuillier Fall-winter 2016-2017 – Ready-to-Wear

April 25, 2016
la-times-suicide-squad-9a3aaaa93ab6a1c936b0e5c996a8e2634c812108

Suicide Squad Image Highlights Harley Quinn & Deadshot

In the world of Hollywood movie stars, few things are as valuable or intangible as chemistry. The ability of two actors to envince a natural back-and-forth […]
April 25, 2016
los_angeles_times_building_-_h_-_2013-e1d246aeff2e412179490f464e04c9bb0e40aa6e

Gannett Offers to Acquire Los Angeles Times Owner Tribune in $815M Deal

The owner of ‘USA Today’ offers $12.25 per share in cash for Tribune Publishing, whose stock jumps more than 50 percent. read more
April 25, 2016
6743766dbc10d3411bfeb8e86d95a22f-6955bf39b59de9a94f19e173fe37572e84f18715

‘NCIS’ Season 13 Finale Spoilers: Cote de Pablo Confirms If Ziva Will Return for Tony’s Goodbye

As previously reported, fans can expect to see a “significant” guest cast when NCIS finally says goodbye to Tony DiNizzo. NCIS showrunner, Gary Glasberg, said that […]
April 25, 2016
2016FLORENCE-AND-THE-MACHINE_LIVE_GLASTONBURY-2015_WO-8-110116-0a68009a2a13add53d263a37582c2b650d65e627

Florence + The Machine debut new short film ‘The Odyssey’

Florence Welch and director Vincent Haycock have debuted their short film ‘The Odyssey’. The film is made up of the music videos from Florence And The […]
April 25, 2016
2016_rainbowOverPrinceHouse_AaronGoodyear_WCCOTV_220416-1091ab7c4ae775d20479b4bfdd50467905114ec6

Prince’s home Paisley Park to become tribute museum

Prince‘s home Paisley Park will be turned into a tribute museum, the late musician’s brother-in-law has said. As reported, Prince died at Paisley Park on Thursday […]
April 25, 2016
Gordon-60e899301971cf75a217c57e68fc0a59233e7eb0

Justice League: J.K. Simmons Compares James Gordon to J. Jonah Jameson

The new DC Comics Cinematic Universe hasn’t quite launched with the bang that Warner Brothers was hoping for, with the reception for Batman v Superman: Dawn […]
April 25, 2016
gaga-007ae93b-123d-48eb-8166-7b2f0e35f34a-70759668b0623850fa7150301d14eabd1f09e14a

Lady Gaga Pays Emotional Tribute to Prince: God ‘Needed You to Innovate in Heaven’

Lady Gaga paid tribute to Prince in an emotional Instagram message Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Forever thankful. Lady Gaga became the latest celebrity to pay an […]
April 25, 2016
2016_GAMEOFTHRONES_JAIMLANNISTER_250116-6d60c68619630cceecb80c0ce155f18a96d36df8

‘Game Of Thrones’ season 6: Watch trailer for episode 2 ‘Home’

The trailer for next week’s episode of Game Of Thrones is available to view ahead of its broadcast (Sunday, May 1). Coming off the back of […]
April 25, 2016
simpsons-goldberg-disney-couchgag-700x332-d8ef7f152ca4d27105e354783a13f1156c0c77ef

VOTD: Watch ‘The Simpsons’ Disney Couch Gag from ‘Aladdin’ Animator Eric Goldberg

Over the past two years, The Simpsons really seemed to have upped their game when it comes to delivering unique and bold iterations of their ongoing […]
April 25, 2016
2016_GunsNRoses_Coachella_GettyImages-521769892_180416-3b98347832722c4d2abe04cb52c37c7542cd633b

Watch reunited Guns N’ Roses play two more classic tracks for first time since ’90s

The reunited Guns N’ Roses switched up their live show over the weekend by adding a couple more classic tracks to their setlist. The (nearly) classic […]
April 25, 2016
97020-86077d8b4154a1052bdb7b9302f9464f2893356a

Mariah Carey: ‘My stage is never how I want it!’

Mariah Carey complained that the air fans on stage weren’t “blowing air appropriately” during her Amsterdam concert. The 46-year-old ended the European leg of her Sweet […]
April 25, 2016
billy-paul-5f4aa0de-26fc-4e2a-9952-324a544db1ae-90ab8c13e667aa0ac759b59f6492de381cb62586

Billy Paul, Singer of ‘Me and Mrs. Jones’ Dies at 80

Billy Paul has died at the age of 80 Credit: Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images Billy Paul, the jazz and soul singer best known for his legendary hit […]
April 25, 2016
2016_KanyeWest_press_310316-d358215939afbd7057229c701acd91a7fa0850f8

Watch Kanye West spoof 2009 VMAs by interrupting best man speech at friends’ wedding

Kanye West sent up his infamous stage invasion at the 2009 MTV VMAs during his friends’ wedding over the weekend. The rapper famously interrupted Taylor Swift‘s […]
April 25, 2016
OUAT s5episode19-9879fb81a6dae95d551566bc33435b85431227e0

‘Once Upon a Time’: 9 Moments of Regina and Zelena’s Bond from ‘Sisters’

Once Upon a Time season 5 continues with an episode that focuses on the dynamic between the Mills sisters and how their mother’s decisions have shaped […]
April 25, 2016
404-d869d4466901f36ee04e1060560c71a14f3f2b18

Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ album will be added to iTunes today, sources say

Beyonce‘s new album ‘Lemonade’ will be made available to download through iTunes later today (April 25), sources have said. However, ‘Lemonade’ will not be available to […]
April 25, 2016
movies-jk-simmons-15ca66562862846d0c285ad50be8a000e4845930

J.K Simmons Gives A Glimpse Of Commissioner Gordon’s Future Beyond Justice League

The news that Academy Award winner J.K Simmons will take on the role of Commissioner Gordon in Justice League was met with great excitement when it […]
April 25, 2016
AbsolutelyFabulous02PR300811-7cb29909904fdcd1cc209fc05ddfb633971fcd6f

Tinie Tempah, La Roux and Foxes to cameo in ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’

Tinie Tempah, La Roux and Foxes are among stars from the music world confirmed to cameo in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Spice Girls’ Emma Bunton, Lulu […]
April 25, 2016
2016_PrinceParis2011_GettyImages483957014_220416-b95a7034947f68954b1274654fadaf9c55a404ef

Prince ‘worked for six days straight’ prior to his death

Prince reportedly worked for six days straight in the run up to his death last week. As reported, Prince died at his Paisley Park home on […]
April 25, 2016
GettyImages-523817272-5b894acbbbe956bc2f5b60f24fc4b746f40892c4

Legendary Congolese musician Papa Wemba dies after collapsing on stage

Legendary Congolese musician Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage during a concert in Ivory Coast. The 66-year-old artist, born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, […]
April 25, 2016
GettyImages-523708166-6273339a9ba24ecfd1a334d6dcf91f8a8bd9385a

‘Game Of Thrones’ star Natalie Dormer ‘doesn’t give a fuck’ as she runs London marathon for charity

Natalie Dormer prepared for the return of Game of Thrones to TV by running the London marathon yesterday (April 24). Dormer, who plays Margaery Tyrell in […]
April 25, 2016
126877-c0606584ed752b0bd61060b43d675803d7c86f4e

Ryan Reynolds Speaks Out Against Utah’s Deadpool Controversy, Here’s What He Said

With Utah movie theater Brewvies in hot water over showing Deadpool while alcohol was being served, there’s plenty of reaction to the controversy floating around on […]
April 25, 2016
feedlogo2.v2014_05_09_134122-6f6b1270ec139df1e230238b81d2d35f10c96473

Prince — Emergency Apparent in Control Tower Audio (AUDIO)

Prince‘s life-threatening medical emergency 6 days before he died comes through loud and clear in transmissions between his pilot and air traffic control. The audio transmissions […]
April 25, 2016
0422-beyonce-tomi-lahren-tmz-4-8b10ed55e75c8432ff3b9c4a77cf8bf9f900e043

Beyonce — Anti-Bey Anchor Blocks Bey’s World Tour Video

Tomi Lahren, the web anchor who went viral for bashing Beyonce‘s Super Bowl performance, won’t bow down to Queen Bey … she’s refusing to license her […]
April 25, 2016
for-more-footer-graphic-1-b926aaeb7f8378974ca6c83385c5e46eef0a4761

Brandon Marshall — Bromance With Jay Cutler OVER … ‘I Haven’t Seen Him’

Add Jay Cutler & Brandon Marshall to the rash of shocking celebrity break-ups lately … ’cause Marshall says he hasn’t seen … or heard so much […]
Prev page
123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536373839404142434445464748495051525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899100101102103104105106107108109110111112113114115116117118119120121122123124125126127128129130131132133134135136137138139140141142143144145146147148149150151152153154155156157158159160161162163164165166167168169170171172173174175176177178179180181182183184185186187188189190191192193194195196197198199200201202203204205206207208209210211212213214215216217218219220221222223224225226227228229230231232233234235236237238239240241242243244245246247248249250251252253254255256257258259260261262263264265266267268269270271272273274275276277278279280281282283284285286287288289290291292293294295296297298299300301302303304305306307308309310311312313314315316317318319320321322323324325326327328329330331332333334335336337338339340341342343344345346347348349350351352353354355356357358359360361362363364365366367368369370371372373374375376377378379380381382383384385386387388389390391392393394395396397398399400401402403404405406407408409410411412413414415416417418419420421422423424425426427428429430431432433434435436437438439440441442443444445446447448449450451452453454455456457458459460461462463464465466467468469470471472473474475476477478479480481482483484485486487488489490491492493494495496497498499500501502503504505506507508509510511512513514515516517518519520521522523524525526527528529530531532533534535536537538539540541542543544545546547548549550551552553554555556557558559560561562563564565566567568569570571572573574575576577578579580581582583584585586587588589590591592593594595596597598599600601602603604605606607608609610611612613614615616617618619620621622623624625626627628629630631632633634635636637638639640641642643644645646647648649650651652653654655656657658659660661662663664665666667668669670671672673674675676677678679680681682683684685686687688689690691692693694695696697698699700701702703704705706707708709710711712713714715716717718719720721722723724725726727728729730731732733734735736737738739740741742743744745746747748749750751752753754755756757758759760761762763764765766767768769770771772773774775776777778779780781782783784785786787788789790791792793794795796797798799800801802803804805806807808809810811812813814815816817818819820821822823824825826827828829830831832833834835836837838839840841842843844845846847848849850851852853854855856857858859860861862863864865866867868869870871872873874875876877878879880881882883884885886887888889890891892893894895896897898899900901902903904905906907908909910911912913914915916917918919920921922923924925926927928929930931932933934935936937938939940941942943944945946947948949950951952953954955956957958959960961962963964965966967968969970971972973974975976977978979980981982983984985986987988989990991992993994995996997998999100010011002100310041005100610071008100910101011101210131014101510161017101810191020102110221023102410251026102710281029103010311032103310341035103610371038103910401041104210431044104510461047104810491050105110521053105410551056105710581059106010611062106310641065106610671068106910701071107210731074107510761077107810791080108110821083108410851086108710881089109010911092109310941095109610971098109911001101110211031104110511061107110811091110111111121113111411151116111711181119112011211122112311241125112611271128112911301131113211331134113511361137113811391140114111421143114411451146114711481149115011511152115311541155115611571158115911601161116211631164116511661167116811691170117111721173117411751176117711781179118011811182118311841185118611871188118911901191119211931194119511961197119811991200120112021203120412051206120712081209121012111212121312141215121612171218121912201221122212231224122512261227122812291230123112321233123412351236123712381239124012411242124312441245124612471248124912501251125212531254125512561257125812591260126112621263126412651266126712681269127012711272127312741275127612771278127912801281128212831284128512861287128812891290129112921293129412951296129712981299130013011302130313041305130613071308130913101311131213131314131513161317131813191320132113221323132413251326132713281329133013311332133313341335133613371338133913401341134213431344134513461347134813491350135113521353135413551356135713581359136013611362136313641365136613671368136913701371137213731374137513761377137813791380138113821383138413851386138713881389139013911392139313941395139613971398139914001401140214031404140514061407140814091410141114121413141414151416141714181419142014211422
Next page