Singer, pianist, organist, Billy Preston
Singer ~ Keyboardist
birth name: William Everett Preston

Billy Preston

September 2, 1946, Houston, TX ~ June 6, 2006, Scottsdale, AZ

“I do believe that God has his hands on me and that he has work for me to do.” ~ Billy Preston

Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger said: “Billy was a fantastic and gifted musician, a superb singer in both recording sessions and on stage. He was great fun to be with on stage when touring with us and I will miss him a lot.” ~ BBC: Billy Preston Obituary ~ June 7, 2006 © BBC News

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It's advantageous to get an early start on your chosen career, but Billy Preston took the concept to extremes. By age ten he was playing keyboards with gospel diva Mahalia Jackson, and two years later, in 1958, he was featured in Hollywood's film bio of W.C. Handy, St. Louis Blues, as young Handy himself. Preston was a prodigy on organ and piano, recording during the early '60s for Vee-Jay and touring with Little Richard. He was a loose-limbed regular on the mid-'60s ABC TV series Shindig, proving his talent as both vocalist and pianist, and he built an enviable reputation as a session musician, even backing the Beatles on their Let It Be album. […] Sporting a humongous Afro and an omnipresent gap-toothed grin, Preston showed that his enduring gospel roots were never far removed from his joyous approach. ~ Allmusic: Billy Preston ~ retrieved September 27, 2013 © Allmusic

As a Session musician, guest or band member

The Rolling Stones ~ Exile On Main Street (1971) ~ Ranked #7 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ The Stones' greatest album and Jagger and Richards' definitive songwriting statement of outlaw pride and dedication to grit. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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