Soul and jazz singer Billy Paul dies at 81

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Billy Paul

BLACKWOOD, New Jersey (April 25, 2016) — Billy Paul, a jazz and soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad and “Philadelphia Soul” classic “Me and Mrs. Jones,” died Sunday.

Paul’s signature hit of “Me and Mrs. Jones” went to number one for 3 weeks in 1972. The song won him a Grammy.

Paul, whose career spanned for more than 60 years, died at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey, his co-manager, Beverly Gay, told The Associated Press. Paul, 81, had been diagnosed recently with pancreatic cancer, Gay said.