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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

'Me and Mrs Jones'

For anyone who lived through 70s music, this next spotlight surely will bring back the memories. This was the era of the rise of disco but so much more, including funk, smooth jazz, jazz fusion, and soul, all of which remained popular throughout the decade. Of course, one cannot leave the 70s without the inclusion of rock and various rock subgenres. There were also Reggae Vibrations, the emergence of hip hop and always a generous share of pop.

Welcome into the spotlight...


Billy Paul featured on radio broadcasts in Philadelphia at age 11 and grew up in a household where jazz ruled

Billy Paul has been successfully performing for 50 years . He signed to Gamble Huff's new Philadelphia International Records and recorded 1972's 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul. The disc's high point, "Me and Mrs. Jones," was beyond huge, hitting number one and becoming a Grammy winner and one of the year's biggest hits. While Billy Paul never matched the success of that hit, he continued to churn out successful music for the rest of the decade and continues to perform around the world to this day.

On this day, December 16...

1972 Billy Paul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Me and Mrs Jones', a No.12 hit in the UK. The song which describes an extramarital affair between a man and his lover, was later recorded by Michael Buble.

A Bit of Song Trivia...
This song is about marital infidelity. The couple meets at the same time and place every day, but must be careful not to arouse the suspicions of their partners. It's somewhat rare in the sense that it's told from the point of view of the people doing the cheating. Source: songfacts.com
A hint about this song's subject matter is cleverly "hidden" in its intro: the saxophone is playing the first line from a 1953 Doris Day hit entitled "Secret Love," which won the Oscar for Best Original Song (Day sang it in the movie Calamity Jane). Source: songfacts.com
1984 Various stars named their favorite party songs in music magazine Smash Hits...
 Morrissey picked 'What's The World', by James

 Siouxsie had 'Love Is The Drug' by Roxy Music

Robert Smith from The Cure picked 'Boogie Nights' by Heatwave

Andy Partridge from XTC picked 'Take Five' by Dave Brubeck

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...