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
“Great Soul Performances,” we’ll take a look back at the artists we lost in 2014. People we loved and appreciated in every aspect of show business will be saluted. The list gets longer every year. I think you’ll find it touching, insightful and respectful. Also we’ll be hearing music from: Big Joe Turner, the Detroit Emeralds, Jimmy Castor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Barbara Mason, Ray Charles, Johnnie Taylor, Peaches & Herb and others.
We’ve got a nice mixed bag of music for you later this evening on “Great Soul Performances.” I’ve got an Aretha Franklin segment, Louis Jordan & his Tympany Five, the Dynamic Superiors, Jackie Wilson, the Capitols, Earl Grant, Tito Puente & Carlos Santana, the Bar-Kays, a trifecta featuring the Avalons, the Bon-Aires & Manhattan Transfer and the “Genius of Soul,” Ray Charles (live in concert). We’ll kick it off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT with the encore performance on Monday night at 10PM eastern time. We are starting another airing of GSP on Wednesdays at 12:00 PM eastern time. Next Saturday It’s our annual Halloween Party. It all happens on RadioMaxMusic.com. -Bobby Jay
On the broadcast this evening you’ll hear: Smokey Robinson, the O’Jays, Donna Summer, the Four Tops, Ray Charles, the Isley Brothers, Millie Jackson, the Delfonics, Marlena Shaw and much, much more. “Great Soul Performances”