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Billy Paul

Billy Paul earned all his hits in the '70s as an R&B vocalist, although he'd been recording since the '50s, when he debuted on Jubilee. Born in Philadelphia in 1935, Paul was featured on radio broadcasts at the age of 11 and had an extensive jazz background. (He worked with Dinah Washington, Miles Davis, and Roberta Flack, as well as Charlie Parker, before forming a trio and recording for Jubilee.)

His original 1959 recording of "Ebony Woman" for New Dawn was later re-recorded for Neptune as the title of his 1970 LP. He signed the next year with Philadelphia International and scored his biggest hit in 1972 with "Me and Mrs. Jones," topping both the R&B and pop charts. Paul had one other Top Ten R&B single, "Thanks for Saving My Life," in 1974. He remained on Philadelphia International until the mid-'80s. Paul recorded one LP for Total Experience in 1985, Lately, and another for Ichiban before announcing his retirement in 1989 in London. He continued to do occasional club dates, however, both in America and overseas. He died in April 2016 at the age of 80. ~ Ron Wynn
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Only The Strong Survive - The Best Of Billy Paul

1. Let 'em In

2. Bring The Family Back

3. Sooner Or Later

4. I Think I'll Stay Home Today

5. Me And Mrs Jones (Live)

6. One Man's Junk

7. How Good Is Your Game

8. False Faces

9. Takin' It To The Streets

10. So Glad To See You Again

11. I Trust You

12. Don't Give Up On Us

14. Everybody's Breakin' Up

15. Only The Strong Survive

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Track List: Me And Mrs. Jones

1. Me And Mrs. Jones

2. Billy's Back Home

3. Black Wonders Of The World

4. Let 'Em In

5. Be Truthful To Me

6. Your Song

7. Thanks For Saving My Life

8. This Is Your Life

10. Don't Think Twice. It's All Right

11. Am I Black Enough For You

12. Love Buddies

14. When Love Is New

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Track List: Let 'Em In / Only The Strong Survive / First Class

Disc 1

1. Let 'em In

2. We All Got A Mission

3. How Good Is Your Game

4. Love Won't Come Easy

5. Without You

6. Word Sure Gets Around

7. I Trust You

8. I Think I'll Stay Home Today

9. Only The Strong Survive

10. Takin' It To The Streets

11. Sooner Or Later

12. One Man's Junk

13. Everybody's Breakin' Up

14. Times Of Our Lives

15. Don't Give Up On Us

16. Where I Belong

Disc 2

1. False Faces

2. Bring The Family Back

3. Game Of Life

4. It's Critical

5. Thank You (For This Blessing)

6. What A Way To Love

7. So Glad To See You Again

8. Treasure Of My Life

9. I Gotta Put This Life Down

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R.I.P Mr. Billy Paul..
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moleculematt
Me and Mrs Jones.
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I met Billy Paul at Philadelphia Intl. I love his music. And I had a situation where there really was a Mrs. Jones. Situation was the same as the song. Really brings back fond memories. RIP Billy
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Rip I will always love your smooth jazz sound Love Buddies
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Very Smooth sound and voice,speaks to his jazz roots, will be missed. Mah Shah Allaah!
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R.I.p.
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2016 and still smooth as ever. Me and Miss Jones. Love it.
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Rest in Peace!
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Rest in paradise ...
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supahdan2
Another great voice gone silent..than k s for the great music and memories Billy. Rest in Paradise..
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One of my favorite songs
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REST IN LOVE

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My uncle was an amazing man. I will miss him so dearly. I was very young when he was in the prime of his singing career. I have been listening to more of his music and i am amazed. I am so proud of him.
I remember him carrying me on his back when i was a small girl! Heartbroken! Rest my dear uncle, rest.
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What a talented singer, and songwriter. Billy Paul had a way of drawing you into his smooth, sensual, Philly sound. Thank you for the music you left. Continue to sleep into the Lord's arms.
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Slow dancing at the 6th grade social. Girls on one side, boys on the other - and the girls waiting for one of the boys to ask her to slow dance. It was great memories.
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RIP great one.
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ngar
R.I.P. Billy, you'll never be forgotten.
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Greatest artist of all times. I love me sum old skool r/b and classic Soul
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RIP my Brother
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Rip let ur music live on
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sharitafanro y
R.I.P..... Another good artist called home...
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RIP Billy. This is one of the greatest R&B love songs ever made. Its a standard that will be enjoyed by generations to come. Thank you
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nolagirl5047
#RIP Mr. Paul.
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Reminds me of Caroline Esters and Ricky Bell Fremont High school L.A
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One of the best. Big Mack daddy Tillman.
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my fav!!
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How can you mention Billy Paul and not mention "War of the Gods
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Remembering when Me and Mrs Jones came out was a little girl, didn't know exactly what he was talking about, but now I'm grown, in my Switch voice, go head meet Mrs Jones get your groove on
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Ojays. I sing my heart out
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Wow! The comments on this song go back 5 years nuff said!. Will miss you Billy Paul
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Hope there wasn't a Mr Jones
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Where oh where can you find a song like this anywhere, any more by anyone. So let's me and you make a pack, a promise to each other, for as long as we live, long as we love. Lets always, always keep our Love brand new. When Love is New, when love is new. Beautiful song, Beautiful song.
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Great song....I just love oldies
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wondering if I can contact anyone that was in Bremerton wash back in the day that partied at the mariners club holla
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I love this song by billy paul
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Best time of day is to listen Pandora with cup apple cider
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ablessing108
1 Of the best...
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Billy Paul........ . . . . . T h e BEST
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I remember being a little girl sitting in the backseat, my parents listening to Kearth 101 and this song came on! It gave me chills and still does today. Ohh that voice! You can feel the love and want in his voice... wow...
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Awww man, it doesn't get better than this baby! Pure smooth, great, grown folks music. A timeless classic. Love this song! Slow dancing in the neighborhood bar in brooklyn back in the dayz! Great memories
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Without a doubt, a timeless CLASSIC
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Billy Paul. We have a thang going on...Rob in Harrison remembering times in Little rock....too late to let it go now. A classic for sure.
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bcc131830
Greatness.
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DON'T KNOW WHY HE DID NOT RECORD MORE SONGS LIKE THIS ONE...THEY WOULD DEFINITELY TOP THE CHARTS...MAR C C A R S IS CORRECT, HALL OF FAME SONG!
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Hall of Fame Song! I really miss this type music and listening to this song reminds me of all that I was doing back then, and all the good times!
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We both know that it's wrong
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Makes me go into a Melancholy state of mind, I really miss the oldies and where I was at, people I knew, fun things I did..etc....
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This song always puts me in a good mood~
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I love Billy Paul !!!
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Love your music.
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