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”.
Till the next time—Joe