Philly soul singer Billy Paul passed away yesterday morning following a recent diagnosis of cancer. Paul was 81.
Although his career spanned more than half a century, Paul is remembered by most as a one-hit wonder. In December 1972, Paul had a number one hit with "Me & Mrs. Jones" which was written by the triumvirate of Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff & "Hippie" Cary Gilbert.
Paul would never replicate the success he had with "Me & Mrs. Jones". It did not help matters when Jesse Jackson saw to it that one of his songs "Let's Make a Baby" was banned from African-American radio stations because of its sexual content. At the same time, white audiences were not receptive to songs like "Am I Black Enough For You?"