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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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 Just the Two of Us Various Artists 1
2002 Satisfaction: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones Various Artists 1
2002 When Pigs Fly: Songs You Never Thought You'd Hear Various Artists 1
2004 Respected Everywhere Harley & Muscle 1
2006 Overnight Sensational Sam Moore 2
2007 If Only Howard Hewett 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1970 Hey Jude Compilation The Beatles 4 6
1988 Past Masters, Volume Two Compilation The Beatles 4.5 4
1988 Formula 45 Compilation Various Artists 1
1990 Red Hot & Blue: All Time Great Rhythm & Blues Songs Compilation Various Artists 1
1990 Those Funky '70s Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 Alf's Super Hitparade, Volume 6 Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 Black and Beautiful Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 Music of Quality and Distinction, Volume 2 Compilation B.E.F. 1
1991 Soul Hits of the '70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind! Volume 11 Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 Soul Hits of the '70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind! Volume 13 Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 Sounds of the Seventies: 1973, Take Two Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 Sounds of the Seventies: 1974 Take Two Compilation Various Artists 1
1994 Precious Stone: In the Studio With Sly Stone 1963-1965 Compilation Various Artists 1
1994 Sam Cooke's SAR Records Story 1959-1965 Compilation Sam Cooke 1
1994 And the Message Is Love: The Best of Al Green Compilation Al Green 1
1994 Class Reunion '74 - Greatest Hits of 1974 Compilation Various Artists 1
1994 Rock Instrumental Classics, Volume 3: The Seventies Compilation Various Artists 1
1994 Rock Instrumental Classics, Volumes 1-5 Compilation Various Artists 1
1994 Sam Cooke's SAR Records Story Compilation Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Seventies: A Loss for Words Compilation Various Artists 1
1996 Blue Juice: Squeeze... Compilation Various Artists 1
1996 Dance Dance Dance: 20 Soul Weekender Classics Compilation Various Artists 1
1996 Sounds of the Seventies: Pop Nuggets: Early '70s Compilation Various Artists 1
1997 Drew's Famous Wedding Songs Compilation Various Artists 1
1997 Magic Funk Compilation Various Artists 1
1997 Synth Me Up: 14 Classic Electronic Hits Compilation Various Artists 1
1999 Men of Gospel: We Are Soldiers - Great Songs From Gentlemen of Gospel Compilation Various Artists 1
1999 The Roots of Northern Soul Compilation Various Artists 1
1999 AM Gold: #1 Hits of the '70s: '70-'74 Compilation Various Artists 1
2000 The Funk Box Compilation Various Artists 1
2000 Forever Gold Compilation The Beatles 1
2000 Hipshaker Compilation Various Artists 1
2001 Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience Compilation Various Artists 1
2001 Dick Clark's #1's: 50s to 70s "When AM Radio Was King", Volume 6 Compilation Various Artists 1
2001 Funked! Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
2001 The Complete Apple Singles Collection, Volume 1: 1968-1969 Compilation Various Artists 1
2001 The Essential Syreeta Compilation Syreeta 1
2002 Love Funk 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
2002 Blues & Soul Sessions Compilation Various Artists 1
2002 Méga Chansons d'amour Compilation Various Artists 1
2002 Hits on TV 2003 Compilation Various Artists 1
2002 Classics Funky Music, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
2002 Total Funk: The Ultimate Collection Compilation Various Artists 1
2003 Mega 70 Compilation Various Artists 1

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