Billy Preston (9 September, 1946 - 6 June, 2006) was a child prodigy pianist. He performed with Mahalia Jackson at the age of 16 and appeared as a young W.C. Handy in a 1958 bio pic. His first solo record was a gospel album called "16 Year Old Soul". ...show more
Billy Preston (9 September, 1946 - 6 June, 2006) was a child prodigy pianist. He performed with Mahalia Jackson at the age of 16 and appeared as a young W.C. Handy in a 1958 bio pic. His first solo record was a gospel album called "16 Year Old Soul".
Preston first came to widespread attention of a U.S. mainstream audience as the organist (and sometimes vocalist) in the house band on the television show "Shindig," popular during 1964-66. On tour backing Little Richard & Sam Cooke he met the Beatles (early in their career) in Hamburg, Germany (1962). He was later invited by George Harrison to join The Beatles in the studio for the filming/recording of Let It Be (1970).
Preston's most memorable performance with the Beatles is on the track Get Back. The apparent reason for the collaboration was the project was being done live--without overdubs--and the Beatles wanted a second keyboardist. Preston's soulful style was to compliment the rhythm-and-blues approach the Beatles had for this album. His was a genre they'd grown up listening to and were reaching back to/paying tribute to. ...show less
Albums & Singles by Billy Preston
Live in Concert
Billy's Bag - [The Dave Cash Collection]
16 Yr. Old Soul
The Very Best of Billy Preston
Billy Preston: Take Ten
Live in New York
Life Of An Artist
Wildest Organ In Town/Club Meeting
The Most Exciting Organ Ever
Playlists Containing Tracks by Billy Preston
The World of Tarantino by soundofus
Best Christmas List
Incredible 80's Playlist
The 1000 Best Songs Of The 70s
I Was Born to FUNK
5000+ Best Rock Songs Ever
Quentin Tarantino: Music From The Films
Classic Nasty FUNK
Billboard best of 1980
Every #1 R&B/Hip-Hop Song 1942 - Present
best of 80s
John Cusack has all the best tunes
sweet cover band, bro.
Funk Soul & Fusion
Funk Party #69 - 2012
Get the Funk out ma Face
80's love songs- yeah!
Songs that will improve your life
Baby Makin MUSIC
Party to Motown, Funk, & Disco
In Memory of Neil Armstrong
Funk 'n Soul
What The Funk
Playlists We Love
New Releases USA
Each week we will update this playlist with the latest new releases from the USA
New Releases UK
Each week we will update this playlist with the latest new releases from the UK
Weekly Top 100 Tracks
Every Monday we publish a chart of the Top 100 tracks added to playlists in the previous week
UK TOP 40 CHART
Listen to the top-selling singles in the UK, updated regularly.
USA TOP 40 CHART
Listen to the best-selling singles in the United States, updated regularly.
Indie Feel Good
A hand picked selection of new indie music chosen to put a lift in your step & a smile on your face.
The very latest under-the-radar tracks you need to hear
The World's Most Perfect Pop Songs
The most perfect pop songs from around the world.
This is the perfect playlist to unwind & relax to
Songs To Fall Asleep To
Feeling tired? This playlist is designed to help you unwind and send you to sleep.