Sunday, April 24, 2016

Billy Paul, R. I. P.

NBC 10 Philadelphia: Paul gained his greatest success when he released his 1972 single “Me and Mrs. Jones,” which was written and produced by Gamble and Huff. The song was the number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles chart and received a Grammy Award. The song also received newfound attention decades later when singer Michael Buble released a cover version in 2007.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.


Deb said...

Am I the only one who remembers Paul Simon SNL playing a Billy Jack character called "Billy Paul"? "Not the Billy Paul who sang Me and Mrs. Jones," the voice-over assured us.

/RIP, Billy Paul. It's a pretty good song to be remembered for.

Jeff Meyerson said...

I remember hearing on the radio the story, that his real name was Paul Williams, but had to change it because of the other Paul Williams, so reversed it.

Good song.

They are still dropping like flies. If I was an older singer I'd be in bed with the covers pulled over my head right now.


Dan said...

They talk dismissively about "one-hit wonders" but if I had done a song they were still playing years later, I could be pretty proud of it.