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Billy Preston

  • American musician
  • Born September 9, 1946
  • Died June 6, 2006

William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American musician whose work encompassed R&B, rock, soul, funk, and gospel. Preston was a top session keyboardist in the 1960s, during which he backed artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Rev. James Cleveland and The Beatles. He went on to achieve fame as a solo artist, with hit singles such as "That's the Way God Planned It", "Outa-Space", "Will It Go Round in Circles", "Space Race", "Nothing from Nothing" and "With You I'm Born Again".


I'm playing with Bonnie Raitt. I don't have to sing it. I just have to play it. That's cool.




I would never do anything to hurt anybody, especially if they're helping me. I'm not that kind of person.




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




I had been inspired by an organ player named Earl Grant, who played organ and piano together. My mom took me to see him. So I went home, put my piano and organ together, too.




The first time I met Ray, I was going to school around the corner from his house. One day, he was playing the piano. I eased up on the porch to listen to him.




I do believe that God has his hands on me and that he has work for me to do.



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