Billy Preston

Bill Preston

Raised in Los Angeles, William Everett “Billy” Preston was born on September 2, 1946 in Houston, Texas .

Before his teenage years, Billy was already performing in the bands of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland and Andrea Crouch.
As a young man was collaborating with many of the top names in the music industry, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Eric Burdon, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, George Harrison, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond and others.

In 1972 Billy Preston’s Outa-Space earned him a Grammy as Best Pop Instrumential , the first of five million selling singles. It would be followed on the Hit Parade with “Will It Go Round In Circles”, “Space Race,” “Nothing from Nothing” and “With You I’m Born Again”.

Battling kidney disease in his final years, Billy Preston died at 59 years of age on June 6, 2006 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.

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