Soul Singer Billy Paul Dead at 81 After Cancer Battle

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Soul singer Billy Paul died Sunday at his home in New Jersey after a tough battle with cancer. He was 81 years old.

via TMZ:

Paul — most famous for his iconic song, “Me and Mrs. Jones” — had checked into Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia last week as he battled cancer … but his manager, Beverly Gay, says he was at home when he passed away.

Paul’s signature hit went to number one for 3 weeks in 1972. The song also won him a Grammy.

His 1975 hit, “Let’s Make a Baby” became controversial as Rev. Jesse Jackson called for radio stations to boycott the song due to its sexuality.

Paul’s music made him a central figure in the black power movement, but chart-wise … he never matched the success of ‘Mrs. Jones.’

RIP.

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