This week we feature music from George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Poco, Temptations, Carpenters, Billy Preston, Charlie Daniels Band and more . . .
William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American musician whose work encompassed 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, Rev. James Cleveland and The Beatles. He went on to achieve fame as a solo artist, with hit singles such as “That’s the Way God Planned It”, “Outa-Space”, “Will It Go Round in Circles”, “Space Race”, “Nothing from Nothing” and “With You I’m Born Again”. Additionally, Preston co-wrote “You Are So Beautiful”, which became a number 5 hit for Joe Cocker.
Preston was one of five musicians credited on a Beatles recording other than the group’s four members. 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.
Preston had suffered kidney disease in his later years, brought on by his hypertension. He received a kidney transplant in 2002, but his health continued to deteriorate. 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.
On this evening when Iowans caucus to select Presidential Candidates from both political parties, for the up-coming general election in November, we’ll be playing some fantastic soul music by artists such as: Betty Wright, the Spinners, Tammi Terrell, James Brown, the Temprees, Betty Everett, Billy Preston, War, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, another segment in my conversations with Abdul “Duke” Fakir of the Four Tops, and the “Genius,” Ray Charles, live in concert, plus many others. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. After the original show airs this evening, starting tomorrow, you can hear it again anytime of the day or night by going to: http://radiomaxmusic.com/gsplisten.html. So I’ll be looking for you later this evening for “Great Soul Performances,” at the home of the hits, RadioMaxMusic.Com.
William Everett “Billy” Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American musician whose work included R&B, rock, soul, funk and gospel. A virtuoso keyboardist, particularly on Hammond organ, Preston was recognized as a top session musician 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”. In addition, Preston co-wrote “You Are So Beautiful”, which became a number 5 hit for Joe Cocker. Preston continued to record and perform with other artists, notably George Harrison after the Beatles’ break-up, and Eric Clapton, and he played keyboards for the Rolling Stones on many of the group’s albums and tours during the 1970s.
Alongside Tony Sheridan, Preston was the only other musician to be credited on a Beatles recording: the artists on the number-one hit “Get Back” are given as “The Beatles with Billy Preston”. Since Sheridan was labeled alongside “The Beat Brothers”, Preston is, strictly speaking, the only artist to be labeled explicitly with “The Beatles”. 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. – Wikipedia
May 1972 Music News
May 2 – Stone the Crows lead guitarist Les Harvey is electrocuted on stage during a show in Swansea, Wales, by touching a poorly connected microphone. Harvey died in a hospital a few hours later. The band’s lead singer, Maggie Bell, Harvey’s longtime girlfriend, was also hospitalized, having collapsed on stage after the incident.
May 8 – Billy Preston becomes the first rock performer to headline at New York’s Radio City Music Hall
May 27 – The Opryland USA country music theme park opens in Nashville, Tennessee.
Won’t you join me this evening for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s?” You’ll be hearing from Doug E. Fresh, Lisa Stansfield, GrandMaster Flash & the Furious Five, Natalie Cole, Tone-Loc, Teena Marie, Atlantic Starr, Billy Preston & Syreeta Wright, Gladys Knight & the Pips and many others. I’ll be looking for you at 10PM ET, 9PM CT, 8PM MT & 7PM PT with encore performances on Friday at 12 Noon, Saturday at 5PM all times EDT. So check me out later on RadioMaxMusic.com. I know you’ll love it.