Billy Preston

Genres: Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Television
Descriptive "tags": soul funk 70s rnb rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Everett Preston, 9 September 1946, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 6 June 2006, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Preston’s topsy-turvy musical career began in 1956 when he played organ with gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and appeared in the film St. Louis Blues as a young W.C. Handy. As a teenager he worked with Sam Cooke and Little Richard, and it was during the latter’s 1962 European tour that Preston first met the Beatles, with whom he would later collaborate. Preston established himself as an adept instrumentalist recording in his own right, especially on the driving ‘Billy’s Bag’. He also frequently appeared as a backing musician on the US television show Shindig!

After relocating to Britain as part of the Ray Charles revue, he was signed to Apple Records in 1969. George Harrison produced his UK hit ‘That’s The Way God Planned It’, and Preston also contributed keyboards to the Beatles’ ‘Get...

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