Billy Paul, ‘Me and Mrs. Jones’ singer, dead at 80

Updated 11:14 AM EDT, Tue April 26, 2016
Billy Paul speaks at the Pre-Grammy Party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California in 2008.
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Billy Paul speaks at the Pre-Grammy Party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California in 2008.

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Paul won a Grammy for the song in 1972

The song's lush strings were typical of the Philadelphia soul sound

CNN —  

Billy Paul, the Grammy-winning soul singer of the 1970s hit “Me and Mrs. Jones,” has died, a statement on his official website said. He was 80.

Paul died at home Sunday after a “serious medical condition,” the statement read.

The song about an affair with the mysterious “Mrs. Jones” reached No. 1 and earned Paul the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1972.

The song – with Paul earnestly stuttering “Mrs., Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones” – was about an illicit romance with a woman at a cafe. Even though “we both know that it’s wrong,” he sang, they would see each other tomorrow at “the same place, the same time.”

The song’s sophisticated arrangement with lush strings was the signature sound of Philadelphia International Records, known as the Motown of the ‘70s. It was the same label behind Teddy Pendergrass’ “Come Go With Me” and the O’Jays’ “Love Train.”