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'Me and Mrs. Jones' singer Billy Paul dead at age 80

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 25, 2016 4:07 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Leon A. Huff, left, (cofounder and vice chairman of Philadelphia International Records),singer Billy Paul, center, and Kenneth Gamble, cofounder and chairman of Philadelphia International Records, Wednesday, Feb.6, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Earl Gibson III)

(New York) -- Billy Paul, the soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad "Me and Mrs. Jones," has died.

Paul's co-manager, Beverly Gay, says Paul died Sunday at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey.

He says Paul was 80 and had been diagnosed recently with pancreatic cancer.

Paul was one of many artists who had success with the Philadelphia-based writing and production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

"Me and Mrs. Jones," a seductively arranged confession to an extramarital affair, was released in 1972 and won a Grammy for best rhythm 'n blues male vocal performance.

The song was by far his biggest hit, although he did have some success with "Let's Clean Up the Ghetto," ''Thanks for Saving My Life" and other releases.


 

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