Billboard #1 Hits: #286: “Me And Mrs. Jones”- Billy Paul. December 16, 1972. #1 for 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Me And Mrs. Jones”- Billy Paul
  • Record Company- Philadelphia International
  • Genre: Soul
  • Written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Cary Gilbert
  • Time: 4:45
  • B-side:”Your Song”
  • Album-360 Degrees Of Billy Paul
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.#12 in UK Singles Chart.

The final #1 hit of 1972- a great year not only for #1 hits but for popular music. Billy Paul had been around forever- his first single was released in 1952- but it wasn’t until 1972 that he hit the Billboard Hot 100- and with a big splash- a #1 hit. He only had one other Top 40 hit- but “Me And Mrs. Jones -forty eight years later still gets a ton of airplay.

6 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #286 : “ME AND MRS.JONES”- BILLY PAUL – DECEMBER 16, 1972

  1. Yes, one of my all time favorites.
    The ebb and flow of emotion in lyric, voice, and instrumentation make this one of the most soulful songs ever. You can feel the heightened pain and pleasure that can never truly be. Sigh.
    Never get tired of hearing it.

    • Funny you should say that, because back when it was a hit, my dad (who was then in his early 40s and normally would have liked a jazzy soul song like this) came to hate it because it was played non-stop on the radio that was on at his workplace. I’ve always loved it.

  2. even though perhaps it’s not great to celebrate a song about affairs, this is one fine soul song. Loved it as a kid and still like it. The Philadelphia sound was really coming on by ’72,just as Motown was starting to lose a little of its glory.

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