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", "Space Race", "Will It Go Round in Circles" and "Nothing from Nothing". In addition, Preston co-wrote "You Are So Beautiful", which became a number 5 hit for Joe Cocker. 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.

Alongside Tony Sheridan, 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". Since Sheridan was labeled alongside "The Beat Brothers", Preston is, strictly speaking, the only artist to be labeled explicitly with "The Beatles". 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.

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Discography

Album

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

Single

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

EP

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

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