Billy Preston

 

Billy Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American musician whose work included R&B, rock, soul, funk, and gospel. Preston was a top session keyboardist in the 1960s, during which he backed artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and the Beatles. He then went on to achieve fame as a solo artist, with hit pop singles including “That’s the Way God Planned It”, “Outa-Space”, “Will It Go Round in Circles”, “Space Race”, and “Nothing from Nothing”.

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WITH YOU I'M BORN AGAIN - BILLY PRESTON & SYREETA
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With You I’m Born Again

 

William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American musician whose work included R&B, rock, soul, funk, and gospel. Preston was a top session keyboardist in the 1960s, during which he backed artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and the Beatles. He then went on to achieve fame as a solo artist, with hit pop singles including “That’s the Way God Planned It”, “Outa-Space”, “Will It Go Round in Circles”, “Space Race”, and “Nothing from Nothing”. Additionally, Preston co-wrote “You Are So Beautiful”, which became a number 5 hit for Joe Cocker; Stephen Stills asked Preston if he could use his phrase “if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with” and created the hit song.

Preston was the only musician to be credited on a Beatles recording other than the group’s four members: the group’s number-one hit “Get Back” is credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston”. Preston continued to record and perform with other artists, notably George Harrison after the Beatles’ breakup, and Eric Clapton, and he played keyboards for the Rolling Stones on many of the group’s albums and tours during the 1970s

 

Syreeta Wright (born Rita Wright; , who recorded professionally under the single name Syreeta, was an American singer–songwriter, best known for her music during the early–1970s through the early–1980s. Wright’s career heights were songs involved with her ex–husband Stevie Wonder and musical artist Billy Preston.

 

With You I’m Born Again” is a 1979 duet written by Carol Connors and David Shire that originated on the soundtrack of the motion picture Fast Break. The song was performed by Motown recording artists Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright (credited as Syreeta) and became an international hit for the duo, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK singles chart.

 

 

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