BILLY PAUL R.I.P. 1934-2016

April 25, 2016 – 4:43 pm

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BILLY PAUL R.I.P. 1934-2016

American soul singer Billy Paul has died on April 24, 2016 at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey from pancreatic cancer. He was 81. Billy Paul was best known for his 1972 hit Me and Mrs Jones, which won a Grammy award and reached No. 1 in the US. Paul, who was born as Paul Williams in Philadelphia, helped shape the course of modern R&B music. In his youth, he performed alongside soul legends including Charlie Parker and Nina Simone. His biggest hit, Me and Mrs Jones, about an extra-marital affair, has been covered by artists including Michael Buble and Hall & Oates. In 2003, Paul won a US$500,000 (then £250,534) lawsuit for royalties owed for it from 1994 to 2002 by Assorted Music. The company said it was an accounting issue and not a case of trying to cheat anyone out of money. - BBC

  1. 6 Responses to “BILLY PAUL R.I.P. 1934-2016”

  2. Hoe Hum , another one bites the dust, Will this ever end 2016 sucks UGH

    By COREY M on Apr 25, 2016

  3. The man had a long career, but Philadelphia International never quite knew what to do with his considerable talent. He had a surprising knack for covering and re-interpreting classic rock: check out his versions of Your Song, Let ‘Em In, and Magic Carpet Ride. Also, check out an award-winning documentary on his life which should be available on Netflix and other streaming services.

    By Tony Pizza on Apr 25, 2016

  4. Billy even covered Purple Rain in his live show.

    By Tony Pizza on Apr 25, 2016

  5. Charlie Parker, Soul Man ?
    Fort E Woz N Ol Jazzer Loike Cream.
    I would like to hear some of ‘Soulbird’as part of the forthcoming Billy tribute post

    By GMAL on Apr 25, 2016

  6. This year just keeps getting worse. Billy Paul had a voice, a soul, and a personality that made his music beautiful. No matter how many strings were dubbed on his records, no matter how annoying the disco-era production was, he transcended it all. Thanks, Billy, and bless you.

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on Apr 25, 2016

  7. And don’t forget his psychedelic lp - The War Of The Gods. If BP sang with Bird it must have been right at the end of his life 1953/4. I have tons of Bird and never heard of BP singing with him; in fact Bird rarely featured a vocalist.

    By rich on Apr 26, 2016

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