Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Remarkable Billy Preston

Remember Billy Preston? A lot of folks do not. If you don't here are the facts: He was a child prodigy, lighting up the world since age 10 with his signature gap-tooth smile. He was the Fifth Beatle, who played on their landmark final album Let It Be. He released three albums on the Fab Four's Apple record label. During the '70's, he toured with the Rolling Stones and George Harrison while wearing the freakiest 'fro wig this side of Sly Stone and dropped such classics as Will It Go Round In Circles and Nothing from Nothing. He appeared with the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton in 1976 classic film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In the 80's, he brought his magic to the lovely ballad, With You I'm Born Again, the lovely duet that features him with the beautiful R&B soprano Syretta. Unfortunately, the 90's brought Preston more time in the courtroom than on the music charts due to drug charges. But it is his talent and his musical collaborations that endears Brother Billy to music fans. If you love music, Brother Billy will live in your heart forever.

The Beatles with Billy Preston performing the legendary song, Long and Winding Road.

Billy Preston and Syretta singing With You I'm Born Again.

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