Singer Billy Paul, the man behind the classic 1972 hit “Me and Mrs. Jones” has passed away. Jones was 81.
Paul died on Sunday inside his Blackwood, New Jersey home after suffering from what the singer’s team stated as a very “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 today’s R&B music. Billy will be truly missed,” a statement on the Paul’s website reads. “Please share you thought, messages and stories of Billy as we remember this legendary artist, family member and friend.”
Producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, the collaborators behind “Me and Mrs. Jones” also released a statement that read:
“We are very saddened to learn of the sudden death of our good friend and Philadelphia International Records recording artist Billy Paul. From the time we saw Billy performing live, and then signing him to our PIR/TSOP label, we immediately realized that we had discovered and launched one the most unique voices in the music industry. 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. Billy was one of the first artists to help launch the PIR/TSOP brand, and he will forever have a special place in music history.”
“We send our very sincere and personal condolences to his wife Blanche and the rest of his family. Billy Paul will truly be missed.”
Reactions regarding the star’s passing are starting to roll in on social media; Holly Robinson Peete wrote:
RIP Billy Paul.