Billy Preston visiting the White House in 1974
|Birth name||William Everett Preston|
|Born||September 2, 1946|
Houston, Texas, United States
|Died||June 6, 2006 (aged 59)|
Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
|Genres||Rhythm and blues, rock, soul, funk, gospel|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, bandleader, actor|
|Instruments||Keyboards, organ, piano, electric piano, vocals, harpsichord, accordion, drums|
|Labels||Derby, Vee-Jay, Apple Records, Capitol, Buddah, A&M, Motown|
|Associated acts||Sam Cooke, The Beatles, Sly & the Family Stone, King Curtis, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton|
|Hammond B3 organ|
Fender Rhodes Electric Piano
Preston began playing piano when he was three years old. He worked with many other musicians including Aretha Franklin, Sammy Davis Jr., Quincy Jones, Eric Clapton, the Jackson 5 and the Rolling Stones.
He worked on The Beatles's last album, Let It Be, in 1969, including the song "Get Back". Many people thought that Preston would join the group, but the Beatles broke up shortly afterwards. He later worked with George Harrison, who had been a Beatle.
Preston's biggest success also came from working with another musician. He did a with Syreeta Garrett on "With You I'm Born Again" in 1979. It sold over a million copies and reached Number 2 in the United Kingdom singles chart.
References[change | change source]
- Pareles, Jon (June 7, 2006). "Billy Preston, 59, Soul Musician, Is Dead; Renowned Keyboardist and Collaborator". New York Times. Retrieved 3 May 2015.