Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Billy Preston

William Everette "Billy" Preston was born on Sept. 2, 1946 in Houston, Tx., but raised mostly in Los Angeles, CA. He was considered by many as the "Fifth Beatle", and the only session man to play with both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Grammy award winning Preston collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry that included Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, The Jackson 5, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Bob Dylan,and Sam Cooke, to name a few.

In 1972, 'Outa-Space' (reached #2 on Billboard's Hot 100, #1 on the R&B chart) was an instrumental track that further popularized the sound of the clavinet in funk music. Two years later Preston penned two #1 singles,'Will It Go Round In Circles' & 'Nothing From Nothing'. Billy Preston also composed the ballad 'You Are So Beautiful' in 1974 for Joe Cocker, which is one of Cocker's biggest hits.

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