April 26, 2016
BILLY PAUL, 81, the acclaimed Philadelphia soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad "Me and Mrs. Jones," died of cancer Sunday morning in Blackwood, N.J., according to his manager Beverly Gay. Mr. Paul, born Paul Williams in Philadelphia in 1934, was hospitalized last week at Temple University Hospital, Gay said. Mr. Paul was one of many artists who had success with the Philadelphia-based writing and production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Mr. Paul attended the West Philadelphia Music School and the Granoff School of Music.
January 11, 2016
Tom Wilk is a former Inquirer copy editor who has a collection of Crawdaddy magazines in his basement Like many Swarthmore College students entering the school in September 1965, Paul Williams was a fan of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. Unlike his contemporaries half a century ago, the 17-year-old freshman took his passion for the music one step further. From his dormitory room at Swarthmore, the Boston native began publishing Crawdaddy! magazine. Named after the club in London where the Stones performed, Crawdaddy!
May 6, 2014 |
Paul Williams, 71, of Villas, N.J., who retired in 1989 as assistant fire chief at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of lung cancer Wednesday, April 30, at home. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Williams attended what is now West Catholic Preparatory High School but left to help support the family because his father died when he was very young, daughter Wendy Hueftle said. Mr. Williams served a four-year enlistment as an Air Force firefighter, and while stationed at a Royal Air Force base near Sculthorpe in Norfolk, England, he met and married his British wife, Wendy.
April 11, 2013
Climate change could be bumpy LONDON - Tourists, exchange students, and business travelers: It's time to buckle up. More pollution is likely to mean bumpier flights for transatlantic travelers, researchers say, predicting increased turbulence over the North Atlantic as carbon dioxide levels rise. In a paper published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, University of East Anglia climate expert Manoj Joshi and colleague Paul Williams ran a climate simulation that cranked up the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to twice its pre-industrial level - roughly 50 percent more than now. Williams said they ran a series of turbulence-predicting algorithms for the North Atlantic winter period and compared the results with pre-industrial rates.
April 3, 2013 |
WHAT A DIFFERENCE one song can make. Nobody knows that better than Billy Paul, the veteran Philadelphia jazz and R&B song stylist whose career soared to the stars in the early '70s with "Me and Mrs. Jones," his brilliantly nuanced portrayal from the cheatin' side of town. In "Am I Black Enough for You" - the brutally honest documentary about the man born Paul Williams and his wife, Blanche Williams - record mogul Clive Davis nails that superhit as "one of the most important performances and singles" of the hit-laden Philadelphia International Records catalog.
September 8, 2012 |
Hal David's life was the spectacle of a hard thing done well, with grace. David completed his song in Los Angeles on Sept. 1, at 91. As a musician and lyric-writer, I grew up with his words, especially his celebrated work with Burt Bacharach. How easy the words rode - how twisty the musical rails. I asked a very accomplished songman, Paul Williams ("We've Only Just Begun" and much else), who is president and chairman of the board of the music company ASCAP, what he valued about his friend's lyrics.
May 30, 2012 |
JOHNNY TAPIA, the five-time boxing champion whose turbulent career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law, was found dead Sunday at his home in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 45. Authorities were called to the house at about 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, spokesman Robert Gibbs said. The death didn't appear to be suspicious, he said. Tapia won five championships in three weight classes, winning the WBA bantamweight title, the IBF and WBO junior bantamweight titles and the IBF featherweight belt.
July 19, 2011
HEY, EVERYONE. Remember me? I haven't been around for about a month now, the result of vacation, obligatory furlough and, upon my return to these parts, a nasty kidney infection that landed me in the hospital. So, what's been happening in the world while I was far away or undergoing more testing than a laboratory rat? Well, there are always those two inevitabilities, death and taxes. Even as free-spending Congress debates ways to further pipeline our cash into the fast-emptying federal coffers, the 10-count was tolled for cherished trainer Bouie Fisher, former Boston Herald boxing writer George Kimball, former WBC super featherweight champion Genaro "Chicanito" Hernandez and respected ShoBox announcer Nick Charles, all of whom lost lengthy battles with cancer; Veteran Boxers Association Ring 1 member Jimmy Lowry; and local radio sports reporter Donna McQuillan Luongo.
November 22, 2010 |
ATLANTIC CITY - A physicist doing a scientific paper on the aerodynamics of baseball could lecture on the whys and wherefores of a 100-mph fastball. He no doubt would expound at length about such things as arm velocity, leg drive, body torque and release point. He'd also probably make the subject matter seem stupefyingly boring. Some things, like a Nolan Ryan heater buzzed under a hitter's chin, are better experienced than explained. And the same holds true of a truly spectacular knockout punch, the kind that can instantaneously separate the recipient from his senses.