|Billy Preston has died
||[Jun. 7th, 2006|07:21 am]
Random Music Facts
US singer and song-writer Billy Preston has died at the age of 59 in Arizona after a long illness. He contributed to The Beatles' Let it Be, and Rolling Stones records including Exile on Main Street. As a teenager he played keyboards for the likes of Little Richard and Ray Charles.
Billy Preston became the only person to be given a label credit alongside The Beatles after his work on the song Let it Be, as well as the Abbey Road and White Album recordings. His fame was galvanised with a string of Number 1 hit singles of his own, including Outta Space (for which he won a Grammy), Will It Go Round In Circles, Nothing From Nothing and Space Race.
A prolific writer, he also wrote You Are So Beautiful, a major hit for his friend, British blues singer Joe Cocker. On top of this, he collaborated with superstars such as The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, The Jackson Five, Sly and the Family Stone and Barbra Streisand.
Some of the music to which he has contributed, not including his solo work:
(1970) Let It Be -- including "Get Back" (The Beatles)
(1970) All Things Must Pass (George Harrison)
(1970) John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, piano on "God" (John Lennon)
(1971) Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones)
(1971) The Concert for Bangladesh (George Harrison And Friends)
(1971) There's a Riot Goin' On (Sly & the Family Stone)
(1972) Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones)
(1973) Ringo, organ on "I'm The Greatest"
(1973) Goats Head Soup (Rolling Stones)
(1974) Goodnight Vienna, clavinet on the title track, electric piano on "Only You (And You Alone)"
(1974) It's Only Rock'n Roll (Rolling Stones)
(1975) Blood on the Tracks (Bob Dylan)
(1975) "You Are So Beautiful" (Joe Cocker's biggest hit)
(1976) Thirty Three & 1/3 (George Harrison)
(1976) Black and Blue (Rolling Stones)
(1978) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (also acted the part "Sgt. Pepper" in the film)
(1990) Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (Billy plays keyboards and vocals)
(2003) Concert for George -- including Isn't It a Pity and My Sweet Lord
(2004) Me and Mr. Johnson (Eric Clapton) (also appears in the DVD companion Sessions for Robert J)
(2005) Choose Love (Ringo Starr)
(2006) Stadium Arcadium (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) (on "Warlocks")