Billy Paul
1934 - 2016
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NEW YORK (AP) - 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).

The song was one of the top singles of 1972.

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.



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Published in Journal Tribune on Apr. 26, 2016.
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April 27, 2020
I am sorry regarding the loss of your loved one. I loved the many songs, he sung, during his career. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family.
April 13, 2020
Billy Paul me traz doces lembranças de um tempo que não volta mais. Eu dançava " me and mrs jones " de rosto colado com a minha namorada , hoje minha espôsa. Descance em paz meu grande ídolo.
José Marques
March 29, 2020
My mom and dad played Mr Billy Pauls album every Sunday and I knew all the words... We miss him and we still sing his songs to this day! God Bless his wife and entire family the ICONIC LEGEND STILL LIVES ON
Durmarsh Best
Friend
February 20, 2020
Me and Mrs. Jones was the first record that I bought when we got a new record player. It was my favorite song back in the day, and it is my favorite song now. Thank you Mr. Paul.
T. F.
November 25, 2019
What an inspiration, brings light to my day with his beautiful songs and picks me up when I am down. Having only recently discovered this incredible man, I was saddened to see he had departed us but I'm sure he is smiling down.
I am from Derby in the UK, my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Giovanni Congiu
Student
October 14, 2019
So long Billy. see you one day.
Roberto Henderson
May 2, 2019
What a voice...what a message...what an inspiration to all. He music will live on for an eternity.
Jonathan C.
Friend
December 23, 2018
My condolences to you and your family, recently I bought couple of 12 inches vynil , and guest what Billy was one them, when I got home, I found that the vinyl is missing from the sleeve, now that I found the news that he s no longer with us I understood, why! Rest in. Peace Billy
Amal A
April 28, 2018
Billy Paul was a fabulous singer. His music lives on from his amazing voice . R.I.P Billy Paul .. Jan. Liverpool UK
Janice Williams
November 3, 2017
Congratulations for the best singer of the world.Marco Antonio Franzero ( medical doctor) , Belo Horizonte,BRAZIL.
marco franzero
October 1, 2017
Carol Nygaard
October 1, 2017
Loved Me and Mrs.Jones. Sorry to hear about his loss. He had such a smooth voice. All the good ones go way to soon!
Carol Nygaard
September 17, 2017
Billy,
too sad I never had the chance to see you performing live. I never had the chance to come to USA. You sure had one of the smoothest voices ever! Greetings from Hamburg, Germany to where ever you may be now.
Marc Teller
April 24, 2017
Godspeed Billy, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Rest Billy, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.
Harry Simpson
March 24, 2017
ALWAYS A FAN YOU REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER, AND KEEP SINGING THAT SWEET HARMONY.

PEACE
February 12, 2017
Soo sorry for your loss! Love Billy Paul and heard about his passing on the Grammys' tonight! Total shock! Everybody in my household had a moment! RIP!
February 12, 2017
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Billy. I am sorry to say that this is the first I am hearing of this. He was mentioned during the Memoriam at the 2017 Grammys. I grew up listening to his hit, Me and Mrs Jones. That was one of my favorites and still love it.
December 21, 2016
Let's make a baby was my favorite song! Thanks for sharing your music!
Nazarene Mckinney
December 1, 2016
Today is the first Birthday without Mr Billy Paul.

It is too sad, but his music lives forever.

I was not able to watch him alive but I have his all albums...

I have been listening tunes of Billy Paul since 1975 ( started with '' When Love Is New '' At that time I was 13 years old..)

missing ...
murat avni
November 16, 2016
My Dearest friend!!
Let me start by letting you know something I need not tell you, our Billy is standing next to the Throne of our Heavenly Father at his rightful position, Guardian Angel, smiling and watching over you. His loving spirit is constantly around and besides you as you slumber.
Your description of him brought a smile to my face while unknown when, but we'll see him again in joyful celebration. Love is forever!
Frank & Ruby Upshaw
November 14, 2016
Too bad the big C got sweet Billy Paul too. But his music shall live on. And on. Let us not be sad, instead let's celebrate his life and music.
ziggy
October 31, 2016
To The Paul Family,
My condolences are being sent. Billy was a favorite of mine and thousands of other folks. May you receive comfort for your loss through God's underserved kindness.
S. Keys
October 28, 2016
Thank u so very much Billy. Rest in Peace Holy Peace.
Ellex King
October 24, 2016
Gee, I've been a Billy Paul fan since before I was about 10 - 12. My first memory was watching my parents (so young then) dressing up to go see him at a cabaret -- The Cadillac Club -- on Germantown Ave., around the corner from our house on 15th street. HE WAS C.O.O.L. from then until forever. I have so much of his music -- even scratchy albums from back "in my day" - 1971 - 1977. Ok. Wow! I heard he had passed on TV the other day and had to say something. I feel like he taught me to emote -- feel it and heal it -- so to speak, cry a little; it's alright. I loved his scat, vocal sounds he made up like instrumental accompaniment, and the way he enunciated the words to his songs, his writing transcended the turmoil of our lives back then -- The War of the Gods, Going East, When Love Was New, Love Buddies....Oh, Billy, is that you I am hearing? SO SEXY! I think women older than me at the time had a "big thing" for him --I've heard the stories -- they lined up to get in to see him around my neighborhood. He was so blessed to be with us for so very long. Well, I could go on, but having been through the feeling of loss -- many family members have elevated on -- including my Mom and Dad.....LOVE Y'ALL to Billy's family and loved ones around the world...Perhaps he will reunite with his Sister, Pauline.."and not one speck of dirt will we be able to find"...AS, Seattle WA
A. Scott
September 8, 2016
GAYLORD WELLMAKER
September 4, 2016
Billy Paul was my next door neighbor and he always had something nice to say to us, his wife Blanche treated my two sons Joshua & Jonathan like an Aunt and that spoke volumes to me not having a sister and I loved that about her. Billy would have them come and help him do some chores and would take the time to sow good seeds into their lives, they took the passing of Billy very hard I really had to take the time to minister to them. I couldn't believe that a Legion lived next door to me and how warm and kind he was to us. He gave us several CD'S that we will cherish for a long time. What I like is he may be absent from this life but he is living forever in his new life and I know when I leave this earth I will see him again and thats exciting. He's not dead he just went back home. We will never forget this Legion of a man Billy Paul he will always be in our hearts.
Lydia Boyd
September 4, 2016
Billy was an amazing talent and a light to so many. Not only through music but in the way he conducted himself in life. He and Blanche gave so much back to their fans and their communities! Now Billy watches over us all and thanks to celluloid will never be gone from our lives.
I had the honor of being with Billy and Blanche for a show during a tour and I was treated wonderfully by both.
Jane Salandria
September 3, 2016
Blanche, I hope you are doing well. You are blessed to have so many recorded videos of Billy performing. I wish I had just one of my husband. I hope the good memories are beginning to heal you. There will never be another Billy Paul!! God bless you, and grant you peace.
Carole Spiller
September 3, 2016
DELFONICS Will Remember Billy always..
Omar
September 3, 2016
I will forever love and miss you... You were a blessing to be in my family. We miss you everyday brother...

Love Matt and the girls
August 21, 2016
Loved him and his music.
Marian Neal
July 22, 2016
To Blanche it is with a very sad heart that I find out of Billy's passing. I will always treasure the time we had as friends while we were all working out at Ballys and LA Fitness.I will always remember the stories Billy told me about many of the recording artists Billy had encountered while he was at his peak in The Music Business.I always admired the way you kept Billy motivated to keep working out.
God Bless You and Billy Always.
Scott Denny
July 17, 2016
Just read the sad news. I wish I saw Mr Paul in a concert setting. I just thought I'd mention that I am a Caucasian Italian American who was born in NJ and grew up in the early 70's. I was bombarded with some of the best classic RnB. The stuff which came out of Philly being my favorite music.
To this day Billy Paul's sound is what's missing in today's music.
May the music bring us all together in God's mercy. There is more love then what is carelessly fed in our hollow news. R. I. P. Billy, thanks for the music.
Rosario
June 29, 2016
BILLY had the most beautiful voice, it was very unique. He will be truly missed. Prayers & Blessings to the PAUL family in this time of sorrow
Valenda Newell
June 19, 2016
Billy was one of my hereoes, I am happy to had the chance to saw him "live" at the JAZZ CAFE in London few years ago.
With all sincere sympathy to you, Mrs. Paul

Werner Christof
Werner Christof
June 6, 2016
billy was one of my favourite artists when i was a teen- now i am 61 and still love listening to his songs- his music was a big part of my life and will always be
thank you billy and good luck to you!
andrew boy
May 25, 2016
davide cavaciocchi
May 20, 2016
Thank you Billy for "Word Sure Gets Around" and "Sooner or Later". May God hold you gently in His arms.
Von Gray
May 16, 2016
I am so happy that I got to meet and talk with him late 2015 in North Carolina. Actually I was going to spend a moment with my friend Martha Reeves and she introduced me to him. He initially thought I didn't know his music because I didn't immediately recognize him. To his surprise I explained: "I drove over here listening to you". He laughed. I told him and his wife, just down the road a bunch of us guys from NJ/NY, coined a phrase, "PAAUL YA"LL!" I only wish I had told him, I had to buy "When Love Is New" twice on vinyl and then again on CD!" Mr. Paul, thank you so much.
Bret Terry
May 16, 2016
Mr Billy Paul! I had the pleasure of growing up to your music. As a kid I remember meeting you and Mrs Blanche. I remember holding your Grammy and being in the studio while my mom(Carmen) sang background for you. The world will truly miss you. R.I.P Sir!
Jahmar Bingham
May 15, 2016
My husband and I had the privilege of meeting Billy and Blanche Paul on the last morning of our Caribbean cruise in March. Both shared wonderful stories of Billy's long career; what an honor it was to meet the man who created the iconic song, "Me and Mrs. Jones."

Our condolences to Blanche and the entire Paul family on the loss of such a unique talent.
Suzanne and Marv I.
May 15, 2016
With Our Sympathy
Suzanne and Marv I.
May 15, 2016
Sending love and my deepest sympathy to the family, friends and fellow fans of Mr. Paul. Thanks for sharing your gift of song.....
Litonya Collins
May 13, 2016
Mrs.Paul, very sorry for your lost. I was born in 1968, therefore, a lot of Mr.Paul's music I remember from my parent's music collection. Fabulous !! Amazing talent. R.I.P. Mr. Paul
Mrs. Mia Rogers
May 12, 2016
May you find your place among God's celestrial choir.-------
L Budd
May 11, 2016
I was a teen-ager and I learned English with your songs, dear Paul Williams-Billy Paul; later, I've seen you were kind;I think of you, the whole family, and I pray for you.
Annie
May 11, 2016
I'am french, I learned the language wjth his song...years after, I know he was kind.I think of you, the whole family;I pray for you.
May 8, 2016
May 6, 2016
Rip Billy paul
Dennis Hayes
May 5, 2016
Rest in peace Billy Paul
Tim Williams
May 4, 2016
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends, fans of Billy Paul. Our family grew up on his music and he will truly be missed. Cherish his memories and forever keep them close to your hearts. In the meantime may you rely on God Almighty to give you inner strength, courage but most of all peace in the difficult days ahead. Isa. 41:10, 13
Hudgins Family
May 4, 2016
My heart is sooooooo very heavy with the passing of my UNCLE BILLIE Mrs Blanche you an uncle Billie had been a very big inspiration to me we've had a lot of fun back stage he may be gone but never forgotten he will always live though myself an family God Bless you all

One love Sun Shine
"PASTOR Robin Ruff "
Robin Ruff
May 4, 2016
From Brazilian fans - Os fans do Brasil lamentam e sentem profundamente a morte de um dos maiores, senão o maior soulman de todos os tempos, Mr.Billy Paul. Saiba Billy, onde quer que esteja, que sua música jamais será esquecida.
May 3, 2016
Thanks for helping me to love myself
EBONY WOMAN is the one. It helped me
to grow up and learn that I am not all
the horrible things that people said
I was. I have all your albums to always
remember you. Gone but never forgotten
by me. Always loved you!!!!!!!
Linda Beckford
May 3, 2016
Thanks for all the beautiful music you gave us. My condolences to the Paul family, may you always have the beautiful memories to comfort you
Evelyn McMillian
May 2, 2016
thank you for the songs,it was a honor to listen and to be a part of my life to enjoy your music,it was my fav,rip in peace,my friend
paul hallman
May 2, 2016
Praying for the family
carmen sims
May 2, 2016
My prayers go out to the family. Rest In Peace Billy your work here is done.
May 2, 2016
Juan .17.3.es una esperansa unica
May 2, 2016
It was a gift and a honor to know Billy and his wonderful wife Blanche. Billy you will be truly missed. There is another voice in that heavenly choir.

Una { Philadelphia, PA }
May 2, 2016
Rest in Heavenly Peace, Condolences to the family.gone but not forgotten.
Patricia Smalls
May 2, 2016
T.S.O.P. forever !You were a big part of it all peace and love ......
Frank Bright
May 1, 2016
My deepest sympathy to the Paul family. A musical legion that will definitely be missed.
sincerely Vanessa Greene (Darlington.S.C.)
Vanessa Greene
May 1, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and close friends of 'Billy Paul.' I grew up listening to his music and the special memories I have of me dancing on my father's toes will always be embedded in my mind forever. Thank-you Billy Paul! Rest in peace.
Elaine Gordon
May 1, 2016
Thank you for YOUR BEAUTIFUL SOUL VOICE Me and Mr Billy Paul
May 1, 2016
I used to travel to Atlantic City in my younger days to see you and Just Jazz on 52nd St, You are an icon ! Me and Mrs Jones is another Fav. Rest In Peace
Marinita Green
May 1, 2016
A favorite Singer of mine Billy Paul has passed and He will be missed, my favorite song was This is your Life,I listened to the song this week no one can sing like you !
Marinita Green
May 1, 2016
My condolences to all within Billy's circle of love.
Doug Handy
April 30, 2016
A wonderful person who I'll truly miss. I wish you a peaceful journey. I can still hear you hit those notes with no music. And everyone on Lansdowne ave smiling cause they can't believe it you. I'm going to miss you but thinking about you make's me smile. Love you Dee Dee
Dee Dee
April 30, 2016
Rest in peace my friend ,you will surely be missed and you made your mark. I will always cherish the memory's when we use to share the stage at Town Hill Two !!
David (The Drifters ) McRae
April 30, 2016
Billy Paul a legend and icon in my times. I will always remember ME AND MRS. JONES. RIP
Shirley Brevard
April 30, 2016
Where are you billy boy
You were here but now
You're gone. With a heavy
Heart I say, you have left but
Mrs jones, is here to stay.
Ziyad Murad
April 30, 2016
love all your song r.n.p GOD love you best
robert and sandy lewis
April 30, 2016
A SAD DAY FOR ALL OF US. BILLY WAS A CLASS ACT AND A GREAT HUMAN BEING. THANKS FOR SO MANY GREAT TIMES TOGETHER AND BLANCHE MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU BECAUSE YOU WERE HIS BLACKBONE. I CAN ONLY SAY THANKS FOR ALWAYS SAYING YES TO ANY BENEFIT THAT WE CALLED YOU FOR YOU ALWAYS GAVE BACK. THANKS FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP OVER MANY YEARS. BLANCHE WHATEVER YOU NEED WE WILL BE THERE FOR YOU SUCH A GREAT LOSS. THANKS BILLY PETE DI ANTONIO
April 30, 2016
To the family of Billy Paul, so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. May the God of all comfort give you peace.

Sincerely, Autumn

Chicago, Illinois
April 29, 2016
Billy Paul u will forever be missed when i saw u at the Dell years ago u put on a fantastic show i will always keep your music in my head and heart
emma wilmer
April 29, 2016
May GOD continue to bless Blanch and the rest of the family because he has certanly blessed you with such a gifted voice and spirt I'll never forget the great times we spent together they will always remain in my heart.



STEW
April 29, 2016
PTL! My prayers for the family of Mr Billy Paul...Be encouraged and God bless!
Marie Smith
April 29, 2016
My condolences to the family of Billy Paul may the wonderful memories and music he made help comfort you during this difficult time ahead and may the God of comfort strengthen you as well.
Carmen
April 29, 2016
you will always be in my heart as friend. we had good times together. magic
stanley lum
April 29, 2016
Thanks Brother for your wonderful music

RIP

Larry P.

Charlotte, NC
April 29, 2016
God Bless Bless-RIP

Darryl & Vonda
NY & NC
April 29, 2016
May God Bless You- Thanks for always being a gentleman and a brother


RIP

Amin & Yvonne
NY & FL
April 29, 2016
Sorry for your loss . My the God of all bring you comfort at difficult time.
F j
April 29, 2016
Rip
April 29, 2016
Thanks Billy for your contribution to the music world I enjoyed your music and still do to this date
Charles Johnson
April 29, 2016
going to miss you my friend
charles Johnson
April 29, 2016
R.I.P. heartfelt sympathy to your wife and to your family may God bless.
April 29, 2016
rip loved that voice of yours
dd ingram
April 29, 2016
To the Family:

I'm so sorry for the loss of your loved one, Billy. It is certainly very difficult to find satisfying comfort during this time of great loss, which is why many look to God's word as a refuge. Isaiah 61:1-3 says that God Will bind up the broken-hearted. May God's word bring you comfort during the years to come.
April 29, 2016
With deepest sympathy to the Paul family
So sorry for your loss
RDR
April 29, 2016
May the God of all comfort and tender mercy "Hold your hands" during this distressing time.
Rose F
April 29, 2016
Leslie Manuel
April 28, 2016
Billy, I am heartbroken after hearing of your passing. You will certainly be missed. But your music will live on. I had the pleasure of being in your presence on a few occasions and I will cherish those memories. Gone but never forgotten.
Nurah Rahman
April 28, 2016
Blanche, my deepest sympathy on Billy's passing. I so enjoyed being near neighbors with you both in 1999-2001 and how well our dogs got along while we talked. You and Billy were lovely, friendly souls that I was quite fond of !! I always think of you two when I hear "Me & Mrs Jones". I am retired from teaching now and moved to NC in 2015. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary Brandon (Gunzee's mom)
April 28, 2016
RIP....with deepest sympathy
wanda walker
April 28, 2016
I will miss you Billy Paul!!
Cynthia Ray
April 28, 2016
I remember being in the studio with my dad while recording at Philly International records. My father Morris wrote, Ebony Woman and Jesus Boy for Billy and did a remake of Me and Mrs. Jones (Got it Going on Again) a few years ago but it was never released. His voice was as clear as it was in the 70's. His last performance at my brother Victors benefit last month showed the same: full of life, energy and a voice of strength and clarity. A super person and a super talent-Brenda Bailey-Williamson
Brenda Williamson
April 28, 2016
margo garrett
April 28, 2016
RIP ur greatly missed
margo garrett
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