Song of the Day: Billy Paul, “Me And Mrs. Jones”

Kenny Gamble, one-half of the songwriting and production team Gamble & Huff, was born in Philadelphia on this day in 1943. Gamble and Leon Huff are credited with creating the Philadelphia soul genre in the 1970’s. They founded Philadelphia International Records, home to such stars as MFSB, The Three Degrees, The O’Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, and Billy Paul. Billy’s “Me and Mrs. Jones” was a huge crossover hitfor him, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 and the Soul chart in 1972. This is from the November 4, 1972 edition of Soul Train.

8 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Billy Paul, “Me And Mrs. Jones”

    1. The ’70’s were the heyday of soul, and Philadelphia was where it was happening in the mid- to late-’70s. There was a smoothness and sophistication that you didn’t get from Motown or Stax, and Gamble and Huff and Thom Bell are the ones who brought it along.

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