Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The year in review… The very last live rendition of Me and Mrs. Jones by the original artist Billy Paul”)

This past year had some great moments, but it also had some sad ones. One of the greatest songs ever recorded (“Me and Mrs. Jones”) lost the original artist who made that song so great. Billy Paul was one of the most considerate and complimentary artists you would ever meet. He was always receptive to talking to everyone. I remember him joking just about all the way down on a 10 hour flight to Brazil. He had stories about him, Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone and Richard Pryor all hanging together. In fact, he had stories about everything. He was a good friend, and it was an honor and privilege to perform (and tour) with him. This past  year Billy Paul died at the age of 80. This video clip is the very “LAST” rendition of “Me and Mrs. Jones” performed by him, because he died soon after. I had the honor of performing with him on “this very last live version of the song (I am the only one playing guitar next to him).” You can tell that his health was not great on this clip, but Billy was not going to get cheated out of life. He sang it the way he always knew how to sing it, and that is what made him so special. I hope you don’t mind me sharing this with you today. Thanks again to Billy Paul for allowing me to be a small part of his career. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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