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Billy Paul's sole effort for Lonnie Simmons' Total Experience records (the Gap Band, Yarbrough and Peoples) saw the jazzy Philly soul singer slide smoothly from a live band/orchestra backing as on his sides for Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records to a synth/keyboard-based musical backdrop. Production on Lately was shared between Paul and Total Experience staff producers/songwriters Jonah Ellis and Oliver Scott. The standout tracks were his covers of "On a Clear Day," "I Only Have Eyes for You" — a steppers' favorite — the ethereal ballad "Let Me In," "Get Down to Lovin'," "Hot Date," and "Sexual Therapy," which is very similar to Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing."

Biography

Born: 01 December 1935 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Billy Paul had a good run in the '70s as an R&B vocalist, though he'd been recording since the '50s, when he debuted on Jubilee. Paul was featured on radio broadcasts in Philadelphia at age 11 and had an extensive jazz background. He worked with Dinah Washington, Miles Davis, and Roberta Flack, as well as Charlie Parker, before forming a trio and recording for Jubilee. His original 1959 recording of "Ebony Woman" for New Dawn was later re-recorded for Neptune as the title of his 1970 LP. He signed...
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