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Billy Preston
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He was definitely a great Keyboardist and his solo in Get Back is AWESOME. I haven't heard his first LP for Apple, but it did have My Sweet Lord and All Things Must Pass, right Joe?

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Joe said:

Apparently his first one for Apple (That's The Way God Planned It) featured Keith Richards on bass, Ginger Baker on drums, George Harrison on rhythm and Eric Clapton on lead guitar. What a band!


Some of the line ups John was able to pull together were insane. Dirty Mac had Richards, Clapton and Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix's drummer with the Experience). An early (live) line up of the Plastic Ono Band featured Preston, Clapton, and Keith Moon.

 

I've long been fascinated by Billy. He did a nice cover of an early Beatles single (might have been A Hard Day's Night), but I've not managed to get further in.

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That Billy Preston documentary I mentioned at the top of the thread: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/e.....lanned_It/ – I helped out in a very minor way with some info and suggestions.

It's a very good documentary, though the last five minutes are pretty bleak. Apparently Keith Richards accidentally outed Billy in his recent autobiography. The radio producer asked Billy's manager about it and it's confirmed for the first time in this doc. Apparently that – and sexual abuse he suffered as a child – was a key reason why he turned to drugs in later life.

I hope the iPlayer link works outside the UK. I'm not sure of the availability.

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Well, I was at work and wanted to post something IMMEDIATELY but didn't remember my assigned password - something completely unmemorable like "f8we47TJK9hdW" - which I had written down at home. So I felt I had no choice but to create a whole new account right then and there.  Later I learned that, duh, I could CHANGE my given password to something of my own choosing, something that I could REMEMBER. But it was too late.

Why didn't I just choose one of the two and stick with it? Because I DON'T THINK THESE THINGS THROUGH! Plus I'd invested a lot of time into creating the two avatars (like a half-hour each) and couldn't decide which one I liked better. I got the vague idea of using the suit-and-tie one at work and the t-shirt one at home but got bored with that and said the hell with it. (Plus it was inaccurate, 'cause I don't even wear a suit/tie and never have.) So now I just choose one or the other, except for the rare occasion when I feel the need to use both, one-after-the-other. (Like I did above.)

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Joe said:

 

In the meantime, let's chat Billy. Anyone got any of his albums? Are they any good? Apparently his first one for Apple (That's The Way God Planned It) featured Keith Richards on bass, Ginger Baker on drums, George Harrison on rhythm and Eric Clapton on lead guitar. What a band!

Incase any of you guys are interested, I have most of Billy Prestons music, and I've started a youtube channel that will have all of his albums. So far I've uploaded 9 albums, and I think I still have about 6 to go. Billy preston was such and under-rated musician, and he deserves some more recognition.

 

Here's the channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/bi.....estonmusic

 

There are a lot of great songs on his albums, it's a shame only two of his earlier albums have been re-released on CD.


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