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William Everett Preston, 9 September 1946, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 6 June 2006, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Prestons 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 latters 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 Billys 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 Thats The Way God Planned It, and Preston also contributed keyboards to the Beatles Get...