A tribute to Billy PrestonCulture Desk
Today is the 6th death anniversary of heartthrob American singer/instrumentalist William Everett Billy Preston, commonly known as Billy Preston, the great musician who performed in ‘The Concert for Bangladesh’ during the war of independence in 1971.
Grammy winning song ‘Outta Space’, ‘Will it go round in circles’, ‘Nothing from nothing’, ‘Space race’ and others were some of the super hit numbers by Billy. Besides his solo career, he had experience of working with great bands and legends like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jackson Five, Bob Dylan and others.
Born on September 2 1946 at Houston in Texas, Preston began playing piano while sitting on his mother Robbie's lap when he was only three. A child prodigy, by the age of ten, Preston was playing organ onstage backing several noted singers including Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland and Andrae Crouch.
In 1962, Preston joined Little Richard's band as an organist and it was while performing in Hamburg, Preston met The Beatles for the first time.
Preston is one of several people sometimes referred to by outsiders as a ‘Fifth Beatle.’ Preston performed with The Beatles at super-hit song titled Get back. He also worked with The Beatles on the Abbey Road album, contributing to the tracks I want you and Something.
However, Preston was somebody who preferred to buildup a solo career and released the album That's the Way God Planned It and a single of the same name with George Harrison, with whom Preston had good friendship even after he left The Beatles.
But Billy Preston’s musical Journey ended with his death at only 59 by kidney failure resulted by malignant hypertension on June 6, 2006 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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