QUICK FACT–BILLY PRESTON

Billy Preston recorded with The Beatles on their classic hits…GET BACK  and  DON’T LET ME DOWN  in 1969.  The fabulous session man also played on Sly & The Family Stone hits and toured in the U.S. with The Rolling Stones in 1975.

His first hit record charted in August of 1969 (#62) and again in 1972 (#65).  Later that year his instrumental recording of…OUTA-SPACE  charted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold 1 million copies.  The single became a #1 R&B hit and he won a Grammy for: Pop Instrumental.  His recording from 1969-1972 were on The Beatles, Apple Records label.

Billy Preston went on to have #1 hit records in 1973 with…WILL IT GO AROUND IN CIRCLES,  SPACE RACE  in 1973 was a #1 R&B Instrumental hit and a #4 Hot 100 hit.  In 1974 his recording of…NOTHING FROM NOTHING  charted at #1.  They were recorded on A&M Records.

Billy Preston died of kidney failure in June of 2006 at the age of 59.  A regular on the “Shindig” TV show, he charted his last Hot 100, Top 10 hit in 1979 as a duo with R&B singer Syreeta, on the #4 hit record…WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN  on Motown Records.

CLICK ON THE TITLE AND LISTEN TO…BILLY PRESTON…SING HIS 1969 CLASSIC…”THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT”.

That’s The Way God Planned It – 1969

Till the next time—Joe

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