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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Also on September 2 ~ Cedric K-Ci Hailey born ~ Horace Silver born 

September 2, 1978 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) A Taste Of Honey, Boogie Oogie Oogie ~ #2 (2) Commodores, Three Times A Lady ~ #1 (1) Frankie Valli, Grease


And, even if you haven’t heard his own hits like Nothing From Nothing, whoever you are, you know his work. He was omnipresent. You can find him on everything from early soul masterpieces like Sam Cooke's Night Beat to rock classics like The White Album, Abby Road, Let It Be, Plastic Ono Band, All Things Must Pass, Exile On Main Street, and Blood On The Tracks to easy listening hits like You Are So Beautiful (which he co-wrote). Billy Preston’s gift to the world wasn’t only his soul jazz organ jams in the 1960s, his pre-disco space funk instrumentals in the 1970s, or his vocal soul, it was also the way he snuck a little bit of spice into big pop hits - and that’s why they hired him. ~ New York Nighttrain: Billy Preston Obituary ~ June 8, 2006 © New York Night Train

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John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band ~ John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970) ~ Named one of the Time 100 All-TIME Greatest Albums in 2010 ~ Never before or since has an image been so quickly destroyed and rebuilt into something just as powerful. On the heels of the Beatles’ break-up, John Lennon entered “primal scream” therapy, and channeled all of the resultant emotional turmoil and exposure into his first solo album. ~ 2010 © TIME

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