Born (1946) in Houston, Texas - (singer/songwriter/keyboardist) Billy Preston successfully scored a number of top 40 hits throughout the 1970s that covered the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, and rock.
This "Ultimate Collection" CD contains 20 tracks in all which were co-written and performed by Preston (along with accompanying musicians) in the years from 1972-1982.
(*Be sure to check out the vintage "Outa-Space" music-video*)
(*Note*) - In 2006 - Billy Preston (59 at the time) died of kidney failure.
Billy had diabetes ( as did Mary Tyler Moore) and was recruited to be on the Beatles' last two albums made while they were all alive, LET IT BE, and ABBEY ROAD. He was a versatile musician: he played the theremin on MAXWELL'S SILVER HAMMER. They did not let him sing, though. These days, since he was black, and they were white, they would have been accused of being racists, for this. If you ever getta chance to see the documentary film made while they recorded the album. LET IT BE, you can just about see Billy in the background, playing his organ on the top of the roof in downtown London. Ringo had camera-time priority, you see. You can also see the bobbies ending the concert with their presence. Was it the English bankers that called them, or was it thought a clever ending for the film?
VERY GOOD comp of 20 cuts by Billy Preston from 1972-1982. Good singing, playing (especially organ) by talented musician who combined soul/jazz/gospel into his own bag.
I recently borrowed a Booker T & the MGs CD and looked around to find other bands with organists and came across Billy Preston. I remember Billy’s big hit Will It Go Round in Circles – lead track on this CD. Billy played on Beatles albums (he also played Sgt. Pepper in the movie) and toured as keyboardist with the Rolling Stones. He played all sorts of music from gospel to funk (on this CD That’s The Way God Planned It and Outa-Space) I was surprised to find out he wrote a couple of classics: Nothing From Nothing and You Are So Beautiful (probably most recognized by Joe Cocker’s version.) Billy was an early user of the synthesizer which created some groovy, fuzzed out tunes such as Space Race which was apparently used on American Bandstand for years. All the songs on this album are from the 1970s which was an evolving period in popular music which spawned Disco and Funk. Billy was a very talented musician and you will definitely recognize a song or two on this album.
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