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3 December 2010
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Joe
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Some news for you all. My friend James has been producing a BBC radio documentary about Billy Preston. I helped him out with some info along the way.

I'm not sure which interviews made it to the final cut, but names I've heard mentioned are Olivia and Dhani, Bill Wyman, Sam Moore, maybe Eric Clapton and Klaus Voormann. I know Paul was approached but I don't know if he gave an interview. Apparently the programme contains some interesting revelations about Billy that I can't mention here (sorry).

It should be going out just before Christmas on BBC Radio 4, but may be moved. When I have more information (press release, confirmed TX date/time) I'll let you all know. It should be available internationally via the website.

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!

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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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And Also, Ginger Baker was the drummer in Cream, correct?

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3 December 2010
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

And Also, Ginger Baker was the drummer in Cream, correct?


Yes

 

One Hell of a drummer at that.  His solo in the song Toad is awesome.

 

I will have to check out Billy's albums sometimes, I really do not know much about the guy aside from his work with the boys.

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Wish there was an actual video (or authentic performance footage) of this, my personal favourite Billy Preston joint, "Space Race". It features Billy's incredibly funky performance on the ARP Pro-Soloist when synthesizers were still a big deal.

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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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I've been meaning to hear some of Billy's stuff, being a Hammond organ player myself, but I just keep getting caught up with other artists. Billy's on my mental queue I suppose you could say.

But this is easily my favorite Beatle related cover I've ever heard, even though Billy's not the lead vocalist.

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22 December 2010
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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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It Works In Canada.

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22 December 2010
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It works in the US too. a-hard-days-night-ringo-9

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Doesn't work here at the office tho...  🙁

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Neither do you! LOL

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That's A Good One vonbontee

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Vonbontee #2 thanks you! 

(But he's full of it - we do work here and he knows it.)

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Why Do you have 2 accounts?

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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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Well, Thanks for the Link Joe, it is fascinating

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GniknuS said:

I've been meaning to hear some of Billy's stuff, being a Hammond organ player myself, but I just keep getting caught up with other artists. Billy's on my mental queue I suppose you could say.

But this is easily my favorite Beatle related cover I've ever heard, even though Billy's not the lead vocalist.


Man... I'm not fond of vocal "acrobatics" (as Christina Aguilera once said) but Yolanda's voice and Billy's Hammon is just amazing. It's indeed one of the best Beatle related covers, thanks for sharing Gniknus!

 

And Joe, I'm checking that documentary tomorrow. I didn't know Billy had such a sad life... I think he was the best thing in that horrible Sgt. Pepper movie.

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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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Well done, sir, and welcome to the 'bible!  I've only got a greatest-hits thing myself, and have beem curious about the deeper cuts...

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