101 # 1 Song of the Day – 12-16-13

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Lots of songs are written about love affairs, but today’s 101 number one song of day was written about a love affair that was downright illicit.

It was recorded by a Philadelphian by the name of Paul Williams who began his professional career at the age of 11 singing on WPEN radio in the City of Brotherly Love .  He got that job thanks to some help from a talented young neighborhood comedian named Bill Cosby.  As an adult, his style was more jazz oriented than pop and his early records met with limited success until he met up with songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.   They began to influence him more toward the R&B sound that evolved into a song that was at number one on December 16, 1972.  It was about a steamy extramarital affair – by this time he had reversed his first name with his last and was known as Billy Paul – “Me and Mrs. Jones”