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

Billy Preston

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

“The Beatles did treat me as a member of the group. And that was a great honor, you know?” ~ Billy Preston

“When you're doing it you're just trying to do the best you can,” Preston said in 2001. “You don't know if you're doing something important, and whether it will make history has yet to be seen. Just the fact of being able to do it, and striving to do the best you can, was the accomplishment.” ~ New York Times: Billy Preston Obituary ~ June 7, 2006 © New York Times

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Honoring musicians. Celebrating birthdays. Remembering death days.

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

September 2, 1995 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (-) Michael Jackson, You Are Not Alone ~ #2 (6) Coolio featuring L.V., Gangsta's Paradise ~ #1 (1) Seal, Kiss From A Rose

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Billy Preston was one of the music business's true MVPs, someone who had his own substantial hits but whose real gift was making other stars sound better. After all, there's no musician who can claim to have been coveted by both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in their prime, or to have been touted as Ray Charles's successor by Charles himself. ~ Washington Post: Fifth Beatle ~ June 8, 2006 © Washington Post

As a Session musician, guest or band member

The Beatles ~ Abbey Road (1969) ~ Ranked #14 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ “It was a very happy record,” said producer George Martin. “I guess it was happy because everybody thought it was going to be the last.” ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone



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