Billy Preston

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William Everett "Billy" Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American musician whose work included R&B, rock, soul, funk and gospel. A virtuoso keyboardist, particularly on Hammond organ, Preston was recognized as a top session musician in the 1960s, during which he backed artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and the Beatles. He then went on to achieve fame as a solo artist, with hit pop singles including "That's the Way God Planned It", "Outa-Space", "Will It Go Round in Circles", "Space Race", and "Nothing from Nothing". In addition, Preston co-wrote "You Are So Beautiful", which became a number 5 hit for Joe Cocker, and Stephen Stills asked Preston if he could use his phrase "if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with" and created the hit song.

Preston was the only musician to be credited on a Beatles recording other than the group's four members: the group's number-one hit "Get Back" billed as "The Beatles with Billy Preston". Preston continued to record and perform with other artists, notably George Harrison after the Beatles' break-up, and Eric Clapton, and he played keyboards for the Rolling Stones on many of the group's albums and tours during the 1970s.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1962 16 Yr. Old Soul 1
1969 That's the Way God Planned It 3
1971 I Wrote a Simple Song 1
1972 Music Is My Life 1
1974 The Kids & Me 2
1975 It's My Pleasure 1
1976 Billy Preston 1
1977 A Whole New Thing 1
1979 Late at Night 1
2004 The Wildest Organ in Town / Club Meeting 1
2005 Billy's Bag 1
2006 Soul Meetin' 3
2007 You and I (New 2007 Edition) 1
2008 Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music 2
2009 Billy Preston (Re-Recorded Version) 1
2010 Encouraging Words 2
2011 Shotgun 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2000 Ultimate Collection 1
2002 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billy Preston 1
2006 Drown in My Own Tears 1
2007 The Collection 1
2007 The Complete VeeJay Recordings 1
2011 The Gold Standard Series Pop Classics: Billy Preston 1
Billy Preston 1
The Best 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2008 Live European Tour 2
2010 Live In New York 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Go Where No Ones Gone Before 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2004 Billy Preston's Beatles Salute 2

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