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Billy Preston

Billy Preston
Billy Preston visiting the White House in 1974
Personal information
Birth nameWilliam Everett Preston
BornSeptember 2, 1946
Houston, Texas,
United States
DiedJune 6, 2006(age 59)
Scottsdale, Arizona,
United States
GenresR&B, rock, soul, funk, gospel
OccupationMusician, songwriter, bandleader, actor
InstrumentsKeyboards, organ, piano, electric piano, vocals, harpsichord, accordion, drums
Years active1956 2005
LabelsDerby, Vee-Jay, Apple Records, Capitol, Buddah, A&M, Motown
Associated actsSam Cooke, The Beatles, Sly & the Family Stone, King Curtis, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton
Notable instrumentsHammond B3 organ

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William Everett "Billy" Preston (September 2, 1946 June 6, 2006) was a musician who gained notoriety and fame, first as a session musician for the likes of Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and The Beatles, and later finding fame as a solo artist with hits such as "Space Race", "Will It Go Round in Circles" and "Nothing from Nothing".

Alongside Tony Sheridan, Billy Preston was the only other musician to be credited on a Beatles recording after he was credited on the group's number-one hit, "Get Back", with the record title listed as The Beatles with Billy Preston.

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