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!
Still shocked and little heartbroken over Prince… everything has been finalized and we said our last good byes today!
He was cremated and had a quick private service with just a private guest list. Although, the celebrations of his life, music, and legacy will be continued…Let me share something that so many people cannot understand…
Many knew he was UNIQUELY different but only a selective few knew he was very prophetic!
So many people loved this man, and so did I… We will miss him…Continued prayers for his family, friends and all that ADORED HIM!
And I know that there will never be another PRINCE!
Another heartbreak today…Singer, songwriter, multiple instrumentalist, actor, record producer, film director, ….Musical genius and icon, Prince Rogers Nelson… has died at 57. He sold over 100 million records world-wide making him one of the greatest musical artist of all time…He won seven Grammy’s, A Golden Globe, and Academy Award and inducted in Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame!
Growing up I was the anything from Minnesota fan. It started with PRINCE… People wont share this part but I will because I was a genuine fan! My love for Prince was personal. I’m 5’3 he was all of 5’2. Anything I wanted because my “uncle” knew him well…I got some favored treats!
As “strange ” as he wanted to be… I adored him! His music growing up was my era of edginess. As cutty and racy his lyrics were our parents then, fought against such sexuality!
Our secret about Prince he was also a very good “drummer”…although there was nothing he couldn’t play including the guitar!
I had his first poster which my mother called him “wolf” because of his hairiness! And to be honest, most of the songs I liked from him was somewhat sexually explicit…so I can’t post my true favorites…God No! (LOL)
I know there will be more outpour this week about his history in this music industry, seen as one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time!. His life and legacy was absolutely phenomenal!
To his personal family, the Paisley Park , New Power Generation, and Revolution family, friends and loved ones… our prayers and condolences… are with you… He will be sorely missed!
I think he is one of the most underrated music artist in this country. His soulful and unique sound give that feel of the late great Donny Hathaway but remains with his own authority within the music industry!
Anthony Hamilton is more than my relaxation music… For he is listed among those “artists” when you want to hear a little modern-day “Blues” with the truth and nothing but!…
My dilemma, I can only choose two.
There are some hit singles to his credit but always reaped sporadic success in the music industry! Remarkably started playing piano at the age of 3. He had been a key board player for the late Sam Cooke, accompanist guitarist for blues musician, Guitar Slim and saxophonist, Big Jay McNeely.
His music has been apart of sample by Dr. Dre in the Hip Hop community.
And I think many kind of slept on his musical abilities… We pray 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!