Jazz and soul singer Billy Paul who was best known for the smash hit song “Me and Mrs. Jones” passed away on Sunday at his Blackwood, New Jersey, home in the US at the age of 81.
A statement posted on Paul’s official website explains: “We regret to announce with a heavy heart that Billy has passed away today at home after a serious medical condition. We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to his wife Blanche and family for their loss, as they and the world grieves the loss of another musical icon that helped pioneered todays [sic] R&B music. Billy will be truly missed. Please share your thoughts, messages and stories of Billy as we remember this legendary artist, family member and friend.”
Billy Paul’s manager told Philadelphia’s WCAU-TV that the singer had been diagnosed with cancer and was only hospitalized last week at Temple University Hospital.
The legendary singer topped the Billboard Hot 100 with the unforgettable and Grammy-winning 1972 song “Me and Mrs. Jones”. The track was written and produced by Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff, and has been covered on many different occasions including versions from Michael Bublé, Hall & Oates, and Johnny Mathis.
Songwriters Gamble & Huff said in a statement Sunday April 24th, “Billy’s voice combined both Jazz, R&B and Soul vocals, making him one the great artists to come out of Philly and to be celebrated worldwide. 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.”
Check out the wonderful songwriting and Billy Paul’s beautiful rendition of “Me and Mrs. Jones” below: