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. Preston became famous first as a session musician with artists including Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and The Beatles, and was later successful as a solo artist with hit pop singles including "Outa-Space", its sequel, "Space Race", "Will It Go Round in Circles" and "Nothing from Nothing", and a string of albums and guest appearances with Eric Clapton, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others. In addition, Preston was co-author, with The Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson, of "You Are So Beautiful," recorded by Preston and later a #5 hit for Joe Cocker.

Alongside Tony Sheridan, Billy Preston was the only other musician to be credited on a Beatles recording: the artists on the number-one hit "Get Back" are given as "The Beatles with Billy Preston". Stephen Stills asked Preston if he could use Preston's phrase "if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with" and created the hit song.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1962 16 Yr. Old Soul 1
1969 That's the Way God Planned It 2
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
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
2007 The Complete VeeJay Recordings 1
2008 Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music 2
2009 Billy Preston (Re-Recorded Version) 1
2011 Shotgun 1
Encouraging Words 1

Album + Compilation

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

Album + Live

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


Year Title Rating Releases
2003 Go Where No Ones Gone Before 1


Year Title Rating Releases
2004 Billy Preston's Beatles Salute 2

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