Billy Preston Part Four
Billy Preston dies at 59, which makes me feel, life is too short, but Billy Preston Part Four, may cheer you up.
Death of A Legendary Performer
Preston had suffered kidney disease in his later years, brought on by hishypertension. He received a kidney transplant in 2002, but his health continued todeteriorate. He had voluntarily entered a drug rehabilitation clinic in Malibu, California, at the suggestion of guitarist Is‘ real Benton, and suffered pericarditis there, leading to respiratory failure that left him in a coma from November 21, 2005. Preston died on June 6, 2006, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Legacy of Billy Preston
Miles Davis‘ 1974 album Get Up with It features a track called “Billy Preston“ in his honor. Ringo Starr, speaking during the rehearsals for the Concert for Georgein 2002, called Preston one of the greatest Hammond players of all time.
His song Nothing from Nothing was featured in the soundtrack of the 2008 film Be Kind Rewind.
In his introduction to the 2010 BBC Radio program Billy Preston: That‘s the Way God Planned It, former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman said of Preston: “Every keyboard player I know loves Billy Preston. You can spot his playing a mile off, whether it‘s the Hammond organ, the Fender Rhodes or the piano. He had such a spiritual touch to his technique, it made him completely unique.“
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Billy Preston among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
Discography of his
Year Album Title Record Label Notes.
1963 16 Yr. Old Soul Derby Records Recorded for Sam Cooke‘s SAR label( Derby wasits sister imprint) while Preston was still at high school in Los Angeles. Re-released in the UK in 1969 by Soul City Records as Greazee Soul.
1965 The Most Exciting Organ Ever Vee-Jay Records Fully instrumental.
Early Hits of ’65 Exodus Records Recorded in the same sessions as The MostExciting Organ Ever.
1966 Wildest Organ in Town! Capitol Records Arranged by Sly Stone. Re-released in1970 with different packaging and track order by Pickwick Records as OrganTransplant.
1967 Club Meeting Capitol Records A continuation of Wildest Organ in Town!
1969 That‘s the Way God Planned It Apple Records Debut album on Apple, andfeaturing the European hit “That‘s the Way God Planned It“; guests include GeorgeHarrison, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.
1970 Encouraging Words Apple Records Featuring the first recording of Harrison‘s“My Sweet Lord“; guests include George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Delaney Bramlett.
1971 I Wrote a Simple Song A&M Records Debut album for A&M, includes the hit“Outa-Space“ and features contributions from Quincy Jones and George Harrison.
1972 Music Is My Life A&M Records Includes the hit “Will It Go Round in Circles“.
1973 Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music A&M Records Includes the hit “Space Race“.
1974 The Kids & Me A&M Records Includes the hit “Nothing from Nothing“ and thefuture hit for Joe Cocker, “You Are So Beautiful“.
1975 It‘s My Pleasure A&M Records Incorporates synthesizers more heavily thanprevious Preston album, features harmonica by Stevie Wonder on two tracks and aguest appearance from George Harrison.
1976 Billy Preston A&M Records Guests include Jeff Beck and the Tower of Powerhorns.
1977 A Whole New Thing A&M Records Final album for A&M.
1979 Late at Night Motown Records Includes the hit duet with Syreeta Wright, “WithYou I‘m Born Again“.
1981 Billy Preston & Syreeta Motown Records Album features duets.
The Way I Am Motown Records Guests include members of Toto.
1982 Pressin‘ On Motown Records Final album for Motown Records.
1984 On the Air Megatone Records Album features a Beatles tribute.
1986 You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down D&K Records D&K 86005.
1995 Billy‘s Back NuGroove Records .
2001 You and I Just Music JUST 2001; Featuring the Italian band Novecento.