Billy Preston’s signature tune, Billy’s Bag used to clear the dance floor when first played at Manchester Soul Clubs in the 1960s. However, with persistence it soon became a major had-to-play track that came to fill the dance floor. A HUGE ‘Wheel’ and later Blue Note fav instrumental. Billy Preston was a favourite of the Beatles – he played organ on Let It Be.
Billy started playing keyboards as early as ten and backing gospel singer Mahalia Jackson when he was 12. In 1958 he was featured in a film about W. C. Handy, ‘St. Louis Blues’, as young Handy himself – he was a child prodigy on both organ and piano. He recorded during the early 1960s for Vee-Jay and toured with Little Richard.
Billy Preston – Brilliant Soul Organist, he featured on the Beatles’ Let It Be LP.
He appeared on USA TV Shows including mid-’60s ABC-TV Shindig.
Billy backed The Beatles on their Let It Be album. He released an Apple album
1970’s – Outa-Space
He also released an Apple single, Will It Go Round in Circles.
Born 2nd September 1946 – Houston Texas.
He had quit a big hit with a duet together with Syreeta – “Born Again”
Died 6th June, 2006
In The Midnight Hour (1966 UK Capitol)
BILLY’S BAG (1964 UK Sue)
‘B’ Side: Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’.