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. 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 Artist RatingReleases
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
2003 Gaia Alan Simon 1
2004 Respected Everywhere Harley & Muscle 1
2006 Overnight Sensational Sam Moore 2
2007 If Only Howard Hewett 1
Smooth Jazz: Piano Songs Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Hey Jude The Beatles 4 7
1986 20 Hard to Find Motown Classics, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1986 Tamla Motown: Big Hits & Hard to Find Classics, Volume 2 Various Artists 2
1988 Past Masters, Volume Two The Beatles 4.5 4
1988 Formula 45 Various Artists 1
1988 Motown Hits of Gold, Volume 7 Various Artists 1
1988 Past Masters The Beatles 5 2
1990 Body & Soul Various Artists 1
1990 Red Hot & Blue: All Time Great Rhythm & Blues Songs Various Artists 1
1990 Those Funky '70s Various Artists 1
1991 Alf's Super Hitparade, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
1991 Black and Beautiful Various Artists 1
1991 Music of Quality and Distinction, Volume 2 B.E.F. 1
1991 Soul Hits of the '70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind! Volume 11 Various Artists 1
1991 Soul Hits of the '70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind! Volume 13 Various Artists 1
1991 Sounds of the Seventies: 1973, Take Two Various Artists 1
1991 Sounds of the Seventies: 1974 Take Two Various Artists 1
1991 The Wedding Album: Songs That Say "I Love You" Various Artists 1
1992 Motown's Greatest Love Songs Various Artists 1
1992 Endless Love: 15 of Motown's Greatest Love Songs Various Artists 1
1993 Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992 Various Artists 2
1993 It Takes Two Various Artists 1
1994 Precious Stone: In the Studio With Sly Stone 1963-1965 Various Artists 1
1994 Sam Cooke’s SAR Records Story 1959–1965 Sam Cooke 1
1994 Motown: The Ultimate Hits Collection Various Artists 1
1994 And the Message Is Love: The Best of Al Green Al Green 1
1994 Class Reunion ’74 – Greatest Hits of 1974 Various Artists 1
1994 Motown Magic: The Ultimate Hits Collection Various Artists 1
1994 Rock Instrumental Classics, Volume 3: The Seventies Various Artists 1
1994 Rock Instrumental Classics, Volumes 1–5 Various Artists 1
1994 Sam Cooke's SAR Records Story Various Artists 2
1994 Soul Devotion Various Artists 1
1995 Radio Daze: Pop Hits of the '80s, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Seventies: A Loss for Words Various Artists 1
1996 25 Years of Great Original Hits: The Motown Story Various Artists 1
1996 Blue Juice: Squeeze... Various Artists 1
1996 Dance Dance Dance: 20 Soul Weekender Classics Various Artists 1
1996 Sounds of the Seventies: Pop Nuggets: Early '70s Various Artists 1
1996 Together - 20 Classic Soul Duets Various Artists 1
1997 Drew's Famous Wedding Songs Various Artists 1
1997 Magic Funk Various Artists 1
1997 Synth Me Up: 14 Classic Electronic Hits Various Artists 1

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