Philadelphia sound, Paul Williams “Billy” …Grammy winner, and singer, dies at 81. After becoming ill with cancer.
Who can forget his 1972 single ” Me and Mrs. Jones”…Heavily influenced by great women of Jazz…like Nina Simone, Billy Holiday. He showcased his talents in Club Harlem of Philly, at age 16… and was amidst some legendary jazz greats! Like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis. Years later being noted with Elvis Presley and other musician for post World War ll n Germany.
Billy Paul wanted to have and keep his unique sound and he did…Somewhere became “ousted” within music industry because his political views was in his music which had proven to be too much for mainstream media. He and Jesse Jackson Sr. never seen eye to eye on his musical views. It was alleged said that He thought Jesse Jackson was hateful and a hypocrite.
Although, then Chicago Priest Father George Clemens praised him and gave Billy Paul a day of celebration, May 23, 1977 for his song “Let Em In”. A song about legends who died in the African-American history. His day was filled with the works and this day brought him to tears!
Therefore, he allegedly became quite angry with the controversial aspects that came with his new political change and stayed out of the limelight!
Prayer for his family, friends and all that loved him!
It goes beyond being a true follower of Aretha Franklin it was how she told the story in her music.
She had not only good music but great writers! There were messages that were loud and clear. Her sister Caroline who was also her exceptional writer for her music… A double dose of two of my favorites!
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Six time Grammy winner, actress… daughter of the late Nat King Cole of Chicago’s Brownsville…
The legendary, Natalie Cole died Thursday at the age of 65 in Los Angeles. Natalie Cole was battling series of health issues. Overcame her drug addictions and had become a living testimony of what God can deliver you from. She will be sorely missed especially by the “Jazz Circuit”.
My prayers to her family, friends, fans and loved one…
And to my uncle, who was very good friends with her God is there!
On my Twitter today … I saw this video of Aretha Franklin at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors held December 6th in Washington D.C… honoring Carole King . The Queen of Soul herself nailed one of my favorites “A Natural Woman” … I was completely moved with her live performance!
Wow!!!! I got to see Aretha Franklin real soon!
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One of most romantic balladeers in the world… My Jeffrey Osborne. For my smooth Jazz listeners… Two of my favorites!