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William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American musician, whose work encompassed R&B, rock, soul, funk, and gospel. Preston was a top session keyboardist in the 1960s, during which he backed artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Everly Brothers, Reverend James Cleveland, The Rolling Stones, and the Beatles. He went on to achieve fame as a solo artist with hit singles such as "That's the Way God Planned It", the Grammy-winning "Outa-Space", "Will It Go Round in Circles", "Space Race", "Nothing from Nothing", and "With You I'm Born Again". Additionally, Preston co-wrote "You Are So Beautiful", which became a #5 hit for Joe Cocker.

Preston was one of only five musicians credited on a Beatles recording other than the group's four members. Preston continued to record and perform with other artists, notably George Harrison after the Beatles' breakup, and Eric Clapton, and he played keyboards for the Rolling Stones on many of the group's albums and tours during the 1970s. On May 12, 2021, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that Preston would be inducted with the Musical Excellence Award.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
196216 Yr. Old SoulBilly Preston2
1964The Most Exciting Organ EverBilly Preston1
1969That’s the Way God Planned ItBilly Preston4
1970Encouraging WordsBilly Preston4
1971I Wrote a Simple SongBilly Preston2
1972Music Is My LifeBilly Preston2
1974The Kids & MeBilly Preston3
1975It’s My PleasureBilly Preston2
1976Billy PrestonBilly Preston2
1977A Whole New ThingBilly Preston2
1979Late at NightBilly Preston1
1981Billy Preston & SyreetaBilly Preston & Syreeta3
1981The Way I AmBilly Preston1
1982Pressin' OnBilly Preston1
1987Billy's BagBilly Preston2
1999Soul Meetin'Billy Preston3
2004The Wildest Organ in Town / Club MeetingBilly Preston1
2007You and I (New 2007 Edition)Billy Preston1
2008Everybody Likes Some Kind of MusicBilly Preston2
2009Billy Preston (Re-Recorded Version)Billy Preston1
2011ShotgunBilly Preston1

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1988The BestBilly Preston2
1988The CollectionBilly Preston1
2000RetrospectiveBilly Preston1
2000Ultimate CollectionBilly Preston1
200220th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billy PrestonBilly Preston1
2003Soul Derby - Complete Vee Jay Recordings 1964/1965Billy Preston1
2006Drown in My Own TearsBilly Preston1
2007The CollectionBilly Preston1
2007The Complete VeeJay RecordingsBilly Preston1
2011The Gold Standard Series Pop Classics: Billy PrestonBilly Preston1
Billy PrestonBilly Preston1

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2008Live European TourBilly Preston2
2010Live In New YorkBilly Preston1

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1970All That I've Got (I'm Gonna Give It to You)Billy Preston1
1972Slaughter / God Loves YouBilly Preston1
1973Space Race / We're Gonna Make ItBilly Preston1
2003Go Where No Ones Gone BeforeBilly Preston1

EP

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2004Billy Preston's Beatles SaluteBilly Preston2

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