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Billy Preston

Billy Preston in 1974
Background information
Birth name William Everett Preston
Born September 2, 1946(1946-09-02)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Died June 6, 2006 (aged 59)
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Genre(s) Rhythm and blues, rock, soul, funk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, session musician, bandleader
Instrument(s) Keyboards, organ, piano, electric piano, vocals
Years active 1950s—2005
Label(s) Derby, Vee-Jay, Capitol, Buddah, A&M, Motown
Associated acts Sam Cooke, The Beatles, Sly & the Family Stone, King Curtis, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton

William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his successful, Grammy-winning career as a solo artist, Preston collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Little Richard, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, King Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr., Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin, the Jackson 5, Quincy Jones, Richie Sambora, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. He played the Fender Rhodes electric piano and the Hammond organ on the Get Back sessions in 1969 and is one of several people sometimes credited as the "Fifth Beatle". He is one of two non-Beatles to receive label performance credit on any Beatles record.[1] Image File history File links Billy_Preston. ... is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Early career

Preston began playing piano while sitting on his mother's lap at age three, and he was considered something of a prodigy on piano and organ. By the age of ten he was performing in the bands of gospel singers Mahalia Jackson and James Cleveland. At age 12 he appeared in the 1958 Paramount Pictures film St. Louis Blues, portraying blues composer W.C. Handy as a young man. In the 1960s he performed with Little Richard and Ray Charles. He also began a recording career as a solo artist with the 1965 album The Most Exciting Organ Ever. He was also a regular on the mid sixties ABC -TV musical variety series SHINDIG, a member show's house band. A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911[1] – January 27, 1972) was an American gospel singer, widely regarded as the best in the history of the genre. ... James Cleveland (December 5, 1932 - February 9, 1991) was a gospel singer, arranger, composer and, most significantly, the driving force behind the creation of the modern gospel sound, bringing the stylistic daring of hard gospel and jazz and pop music influences to arrangements for mass choirs. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... A number of short and feature films have been entitled . ... W.C. Handy photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1941 William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 - March 28, 1958) was an African American blues composer, often known as The Father of the Blues. ... Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), better known by the stage name Little Richard, is an African-American singer, songwriter, and pianist, who began performing in the 1940s and was a key figure in the transition from rhythm & blues to rock and roll in the mid-1950s. ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... The Most Exciting Organ Ever is the first album by Billy Preston. ...

Nat King Cole with future star Billy Preston (age 12) on the Nat King Cole Television Show promoting the 1958 film St. Louis Blues

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"The fifth Beatle"?

He met The Beatles while on tour in Little Richard's band in 1962. The then-unknown Beatles were the opening act. The Washington Post explained their subsequent meeting: ...

They'd hook up again in 1969, when The Beatles were about to break up while recording the last album they released, Let It Be (they would later record Abbey Road, which was released prior to Let It Be). George Harrison, always Preston's best Beatles buddy, had quit and walked out of the studio and gone to a Ray Charles concert in London, where Preston was playing organ. Harrison brought Preston back to the studio, where his keen musicianship and gregarious personality temporarily calmed the tension. Let It Be redirects here. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


In bootlegged "Let It Be" session tapes, one can hear several heated arguments between John Lennon and Paul McCartney about making Preston a group member (Lennon was all for it) McCartney said there is no point since the group was near its end anyway. It would have made Preston officially "the fifth Beatle," a title he was not loath to exploit over the next three decades. Perhaps as consolation, "Get Back," the only Beatles single (depending on which chart you believe) to enter the British charts at No.1, was credited to "the Beatles with Billy Preston" – the one and only time the band shared the spotlight with a sideman. Preston also accompanied the Beatles during their famous rooftop gig in London, the Beatles' last public performance. [1] John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, entrepreneur, painter, record producer, film producer and animal-rights activist. ... The Fifth Beatle is an informal title that various commentators in the press and entertainment industry have applied to persons who were at one point a member of The Beatles, or who had a strong association with the Fab Four other than John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo... Get Back sessions, see Let It Be (album). ...

He went on to play on their 1970 Let It Be album and on the songs "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and "Something", from 1969's Abbey Road. // Charles Wuorinen, aged 32, becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. ... Let It Be redirects here. ... I Want You (Shes So Heavy) is a song by The Beatles, from their album Abbey Road. ... For other uses, see Something (disambiguation). ... // Perhaps the most famous musical events of 1969 are two legendary concerts. ... Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version—originally making it a hidden track. ...


Post-Beatles

Signed to the Beatles' Apple label, in 1969, Preston released the album That's the Way God Planned It and a single of the same name (produced by George Harrison). His relationship with Harrison continued after the breakup of The Beatles; he was the first artist to record "My Sweet Lord", in his album Encouraging Words (Harrison's own version the single hit number one in the U.S. and the UK and was the first number one by a former Beatle after they disbanded) and he was on several of George's 70s solo albums. Preston also made notable and energetic contributions to The Concert for Bangladesh, a Harrison-organized charity concert, toured with Harrison on his 1974 tour of North America and, after George's death, The Concert for George. Preston also worked on solo recordings by two other ex-Beatles, John Lennon and Ringo Starr. Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... // Perhaps the most famous musical events of 1969 are two legendary concerts. ... Thats The Way God Planned It is an album by Billy Preston, released in 1969 on Apple Records. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see My Sweet Lord (disambiguation). ... Encouraging Words is an album by Billy Preston released in 1970. ... This article is about the concert and film. ... The Concert For George was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on November 29, 2002 as a memorial to George Harrison on the first anniversary of his death. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer for The Beatles. ...


His solo career also peaked at this time, beginning with 1972's "Outa Space", an instrumental track that further popularized the sound of the clavinet in funk music. The song reached #2 in the U.S. and won the Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. The Clavinet D6, the most popular model, introduced in 1971. ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


Over the next two years, he followed up with the #1 hits "Will It Go Round In Circles" and "Nothing From Nothing", and the #4 hit "Space Race". American Bandstand host and executive producer Dick Clark enjoyed "Space Race" to the extent that he used the instrumental for the mid-show break for virtually the remainder of its run. Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand American Bandstand was a long-running dance music television show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989. ... For other persons named Dick Clark, see Dick Clark (disambiguation). ...


After the Beatles, Preston played keyboards for the Rolling Stones, alongside pianist Nicky Hopkins. Preston appears on the Stones' albums Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street, Goats Head Soup, It's Only Rock'n Roll and Black and Blue. He toured as a support act on their 1973 European Tour and recorded his live album Live European Tour 1973 in Munich with Mick Taylor on guitar. In 1974 he composed one of Joe Cocker's biggest hits You Are So Beautiful. In 1975 he was a musical guest on Saturday Night Live's series premiere episode (along with Janis Ian). In 1975 and 1976 he again toured with the Stones, this time getting to play two of his own songs, backed by the Stones, in the middle of every concert. The Stones and Preston parted company in 1977, mainly due to a row over money. He continued to play on solo records by Stones members and made an appearance again on the Stones' 1997 Bridges to Babylon album. Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Nicholas Nicky Hopkins (February 24, 1944 in Ealing, West London – September 6, 1994 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA) was an English musician who featured on scores of the most important British and American popular music recordings of the 1960s and 1970s, playing piano and organ. ... Alternate cover Cover of Spanish edition Sticky Fingers is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1971. ... Exile on Main Street is a 1972 (see 1972 in music) album by the rock and roll band The Rolling Stones. ... Goats Head Soup is an album by The Rolling Stones released in 1973. ... Its Only Rockn Roll is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1974. ... Black And Blue is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1976. ... The Rolling Stones 1973 European Tour was a concert tour of Great Britain and Continental Europe in September and October 1973 by The Rolling Stones. ... Live European Tour 1973 is a live album by Billy Preston released in 1974, recorded in his Tour in Europe in 1973 with the Rolling Stones. ... Michael Mick Kevin Taylor (born 17 January 1949 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire) is an English musician best known as the former guitarist for The Rolling Stones. ... // January - The Ramones form. ... Joe Cocker OBE (born 20 May 1944) is an English rock/blues singer who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is most known for his gritty voice and his cover versions of popular songs. ... You Are So Beautiful is a song written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher and first recorded by Preston and made popular in a version by Joe Cocker. ... // January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. ... This article is about the American television series. ... Janis Ian (born April 7, 1951[1]) is a Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, singer, multi-instrumental musician, columnist, and science fiction author. ... // January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Bridges to Babylon is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1997. ...


The 1980s were leaner years for Preston. He had a hit single in 1980 with Syreeta Wright with the ballad "With You I'm Born Again" that reached number four on the charts. He was arrested and convicted for insurance fraud after setting fire to his own house in Los Angeles, and he was treated for alcohol and cocaine addictions. In 1991, Preston was arrested in Los Angeles after physically attacking a teenage transvestite prostitute after he discovered that the prostitute wasn't adult and wasn't a woman. After going over a drug test, he tested positive for cocaine. That year, he entered no-contest pleas to the cocaine and assault charges. He was sentenced to nine months at a drug rehabilitation center and three months of house arrest. Syreeta Wright (August 3, 1946 – July 6, 2004), who recorded professionally under the single name Syreeta, was an American singer-songwriter active from the 1960s. ... Insurance fraud or false insurance claims are insurance claims filed with the intent to defraud an insurance company. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... For a discussion of the history and current usage of the term transvestite, see transvestism. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ...


Preston managed to conquer his problems in the early 1990s, toured with Eric Clapton, and recorded with a wide range of artists. He also toured with Ringo Starr and appeared on the 1990 live album Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band. He was also invited to become a member of The Band in 1991, after the death of their piano player, Stan Szelest. He completed a tour, but his above-mentioned legal problems put an end to the collaboration before they had a chance to record together in the studio. Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer for The Beatles. ... Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band is Ringo Starrs first official live album, recorded in 1989 during his successful comeback tour and released in 1990. ... For other uses, see Band. ...


While touring and fighting his own health issues, Preston received the devastating word that on 29 November 2001, his longtime bandmate, friend and guitarist of the 1960s, George Harrison had died after a long battle with cancer. Preston, among many of Harrison's longtime friend, performed in the 2002 Concert for George in London, England, to play a tribute song. is the 333rd day of the year (334th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... DVD Cover For the released album, see Concert for George (album). ... London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ...


Preston participated in the tribute concert Concert for George at the Royal Albert Hall and his performance of My Sweet Lord has received critical acclaim. Preston played the Hammond Organ for the show and sang "Isn't It A Pity" and "My Sweet Lord" plus backing vocals to most of the songs. Ringo Starr called him one of the greatest Hammond players of all time (in the theatrical version of the concert). He toured with The Funk Brothers and Stevie Winwood in Europe in early 2004 and then with his friend Eric Clapton in Europe and North America. It has been claimed that his big contribution to the Beatles' sound was made clear with the release of the Let It Be... Naked album. DVD Cover For the released album, see Concert for George (album). ... Albert Hall redirects here. ... For other uses, see My Sweet Lord (disambiguation). ... The Funk Brothers were the house band at Detroits Motown Records from 1959 to 1972, when the company moved to Los Angeles. ... Stephen Laurence (Steve) Winwood (born May 12, 1948) in Birmingham England, was a part of the Birmingham Rhythm and blues scene from a young age, playing the Hammond organ and guitar, backing blues singers like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Howlin Wolf, B. B. King, Sonny Boy... See also: 2004 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2004 Record labels established in 2004 2000s in music. ... Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Let It Be… Naked, released on November 18, 2003, is a remastered and remixed version of the original session tapes from the 1970 Let It Be album by the Beatles. ...


In 2005 he recorded "Go Where No One's Gone Before", the main title song for the anime series L/R: Licensed by Royalty. Animé redirects here. ... L/R: Licensed by Royalty is an animé show about Cloud Seven, a fictional organisation whose job is to protect British royalty. ...


Preston played clavinet on the song "Warlocks" for the Red Hot Chili Peppers album Stadium Arcadium released in 2006. Although very ill he jumped out of his bed after hearing a tape of the song given to him by the band, recorded his part, and went back to bed [2]. Preston's final contributions were the Gospel-tinged organ on the Neil Diamond album 12 Songs, and his keyboard work on The Road to Escondido by Eric Clapton and J. J. Cale. The Clavinet D6, the most popular model, introduced in 1971. ... Warlocks is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 2006 album, Stadium Arcadium. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ... Singles from Stadium Arcadium Released: April 4, 2006 Released: July 18, 2006 Released: November 20, 2006 Released: February 12, 2007 Released: April 7, 2007 Stadium Arcadium is the ninth studio album by alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, released on May 5, 2006 on Warner Bros. ... See also: 2006 in British music Musical groups established in 2006 Record labels established in 2006 // January – James Nicholl, drummer of Pay*Ola became ill and was admitted to hospital. ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and occasional actor. ... 12 Songs is an album by Neil Diamond. ... The Road to Escondido is an album by J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton. ... Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... ...


Preston made his last public appearance in late 2005 at the Los Angeles press junket for the re-release of the Concert for Bangladesh movie. He was in good spirits and talked to many in the press. Afterwards he played a three song set of Give Me Love, My Sweet Lord and Isn't It a Pity which featured Dhani Harrison on Guitar and Ringo Starr on drums for the final song only.


There still remains an unreleased CD of Beatles covers that he had been working on for several years before his death. Many tracks from this CD were previewed by him at The Fest For Beatles Fans shows in the years before his death.


Death

Preston had battled kidney disease in his later years, brought on by a lifetime of alcohol and drug abuse. Although he received a kidney transplant in 2002, his health continued to deteriorate. He died on June 6, 2006 in Scottsdale, Arizona, of complications of malignant hypertension that resulted in kidney failure and other complications. He had been in a coma since November 21, 2005. His funeral was held on June 20 at the Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California. Preston is interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California. See the article on the kidney for the anatomy and function of healthy kidneys and a list of diseases involving the kidney. ... For other uses, see Scottsdale . ... Malignant hypertension is a complication of hypertension characterized by very elevated blood pressure, and organ damage in the eyes, brain, lung and/or kidneys. ... For other uses, see Coma (disambiguation). ... is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Faithful Central Bible Church is a megachurch with a congregation that is largely African-American. ... Nickname: Location of Inglewood in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles Established 1888 Incorporated February 14, 1908 Government  - Mayor Roosevelt F. Dorn Area  - Total 9. ... Inglewood Park Cemetery is located at 720 E. Florence Avenue in Inglewood, California. ... Nickname: Location of Inglewood in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles Established 1888 Incorporated February 14, 1908 Government  - Mayor Roosevelt F. Dorn Area  - Total 9. ...


Trivia

  • He was the first artist to enter the UK Singles Chart at number one with his debut playing keys on The Beatles' "Get Back".
  • Preston co-wrote the song "You Are So Beautiful" with Bruce Fisher, made famous by Joe Cocker.
  • Miles Davis titled a song "Billy Preston" in his honor.
  • He appeared as Sgt. Pepper in the film version of the Beatles album and had a cameo appearance in the film "Blues Brothers 2000".
  • Along with Janis Ian, he was a musical guest on the first episode of Saturday Night Live. Years prior to having appeared on "SNL", Preston was keyboardist for the weekly music TV show Shindig!.
  • He is quoted as saying, "I do believe that God has his hands on me and that he has work for me to do."
  • Billy Preston's mother was not Ernestine Wade, who played Kingfish's wife Sapphire Stevens on the "Amos 'n' Andy" radio and TV shows. This unfounded rumor surfaces from time to time.
  • His song "Outa-Space" was in the 1978 playlist of the game Driver: Parallel Lines.
  • He was possibly the inspiration for the name of Alex Winter's character, Bill S. Preston, Esq., in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
  • His song "Outa-Space" was used in the hit TV series of My Name Is Earl in the season 2 episode "Sticks and Stones".
  • His song "Nothing from Nothing" was used in a season 2 South Park episode, "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka".
  • "Nothing from Nothing" was also used in the trailer for Be Kind Rewind, a film directed by Michel Gondry.

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Selected discography

Billboard Pop Singles Chart (US)

  • 1969 - #62 "That's the Way God Planned It"
  • 1972 - #77 "I Wrote a Simple Song"
  • 1972 - #2 "Outta Space" (Grammy Award winner)
  • 1972 - #50 "Slaughter"
  • 1972 - #62 "That's the Way God Planned It" {re-release}
  • 1973 - #1 "Will It Go Round in Circles"
  • 1973 - #4 "Space Race"
  • 1974 - #1 "Nothing from Nothing"
  • 1974 - #48 "You're So Unique"
  • 1975 - #71 "Fancy Lady"
  • 1975 - #22 "Struttin'"
  • 1978 - #86 "Get Back"
  • 1980 - #4 "With You I'm Born Again" (duet with Syreeta Wright)
  • 1980 - #52 "One More Time For Love"
  • 1982 - #88 "I'm Never Gonna Say Goodbye"
  • 1986 - #41 "Great Gosh A'Mighty (Been A Long Time Comin')" (co-written with Little Richard - from the hit motion picture 'Down And Out in Beverly Hills'. Little Richard - vocal.)

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Solo albums

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Gospel albums

  • (1962) Sixteen Years Old Soul
  • (1965) Hymns Speak from the Organ
  • (1973) Gospel In My Soul (Re-edition of Hymns Speak from the organ)
  • (1978) Behold!
  • (1980) Universal Love
  • (1994) Ministry of Music
  • (1995) Minister of Music
  • (1996) Words and Music
  • (2001) Music From My Heart

As a guest/session performer

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References and footnotes

  1. ^ the other being Tony Sheridan, who featured the group as his backing band

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External links

  • Billy Preston's official site
  • Billy Preston's career on A&M Records with gallery, international discography
  • Fox News "'Fifth Beatle' Billy Preston Dies at 59" June 6 2006
  • Allmusic.com "Billy Preston"
  • In-depth biographical obituary about Preston and his work from NewYorkNightTrain.com

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Billy Preston - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (904 words)
Billy Preston (September 9, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was a soul musician from Houston, Texas and raised mostly in Los Angeles, California.
Billy Preston was probably best known for his work with The Beatles (he is the only artist to receive label credit on a Beatles single: "Get Back"; The Beatles also released an early single with Tony Sheridan, but that is regarded as a Tony Sheridan single on which the Beatles played).
Preston managed to conquer his problems in the early 1990s, and toured with Eric Clapton, and recorded with a wide range of artists.
NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Billy Preston (3149 words)
Soul musician Billy Preston was born on September 9, 1946 in Houston, Texas and raised mostly in Los Angeles, California.
Billy recorded on the last album his mentor Ray Charles was to record, toured with The Funk Brothers and Stevie Winwood in Europe in early 2004 and then hit the road, touring extensively and garnering rave reviews for his performances with his dear friend Eric Clapton through Europe and North America.
Billy Preston was born on September 9, 1946 in Houston Texas.
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