Early life and career
Relationship with the Beatles
|“||They'd hook up again in 1969, when the Beatles were about to break up while recording the last album they released, Let It Be (they would later record Abbey Road, which was released prior to Let It Be). George Harrison, a friend of Preston, had quit, walked out of the studio and gone to a Ray Charles concert inLondon, where Preston was playing organ. Harrison brought Preston back to the studio, where his keen musicianship and gregarious personality temporarily calmed the tension.||”|
Post-Beatles solo career
|BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY|
|Year||Album Title||Record Label||Notes|
|1963||16 Yr. Old Soul||Derby||Recorded for Sam Cooke's SAR label (Derby was its sister imprint), Preston still at high school in Los Angeles. Re-released in the UK in 1969 by Soul City Records as Greazee Soul|
|1965||The Most Exciting Organ Ever||VJ Records||Fully instrumental|
|1965||Early Hits of '65||Exodus Records||Recorded in the same sessions as The Most Exciting Organ Ever|
|1966||Wildest Organ in Town!||Capitol Records||Arranged by Sly Stone|
|1967||Club Meeting||Capitol Records||A continuation of The Wildest Organ in Town!|
|1969||That's The Way God Planned It||Apple Records||Debut album on Apple. Guests include George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and others|
|1970||Encouraging Words||Apple Records||Guests include Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and others|
|1971||I Wrote a Simple Song||A&M Records||Debut album for A&M, includes the hit Outa Space|
|1972||Music Is My Life||A&M Records||Includes the hit Will It Go Round in Circles|
|1973||Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music||A&M Records||Includes the hit Space Race|
|1974||The Kids & Me||A&M Records||Includes the hit Nothing from Nothing and the future hit for Joe Cocker, You Are So Beautiful|
|1975||It's My Pleasure||A&M Records||Billy starts using more synthesizers, features harmonica by Stevie Wonder on two tracks|
|1976||Billy Preston||A&M Records||Guests include Jeff Beck and the Tower of Power horns|
|1977||A Whole New Thing||A&M Records||Final album for A&M|
|1979||Late at Night||Motown Records||Includes the hit duet with Syreeta Wright, With You I'm Born Again|
|1981||Billy Preston & Syreeta||Motown Records||Album features duets|
|1981||The Way I Am||Motown Records||Guests include members of Toto|
|1982||Pressin' On||Motown Records||Final album for Motown Records|
|1984||On the Air||Megatone Records||Album features a Beatles tribute|
|1986||You Can't Keep a Good Man Down||D&K Records|
|1995||Billy's Back||NuGroove Records|
|2001||You and I||Just 2001||Featuring the Italian band Novecento|
- (1965) Hymns Speak from the Organ (Exodus Records, EX-53)
- (1973) Gospel In My Soul (reissue of Hymns Speak from the Organ)
- (1978) Behold! (Myrrh Records, MYR-1070)
- (1980) Universal Love
- (1994) Ministry of Music (D&K Records, D&K 86003)
- (1995) Minister of Music
- (1996) Words and Music
- (2001) Music From My Heart
|Year||Album||US Top 200||US R&B|
|1965||"The Most Exciting Organ Ever"||143||5|
|1966||"Wildest Organ In Town!"||118||9|
|1969||"That's the Way God Planned It"1||127||—|
|1971||"I Wrote A Simple Song"||32||9|
|1972||"Music Is My Life"||32||7|
|1973||"Everybody Likes Some Kind Of Music"||52||3|
|1974||"The Kids & Me"||17||8|
|1975||"It's My Pleasure"||43||18|
|1977||"A Whole New Thing"||—||49|
|1979||"Late At Night"||49||73|
|1981||"Billy Preston & Syreeta"||127||48|
- 1 Charted in 1972.
|1965||"Billy's Bag" / "Goldfinger"||—||—||—|
|1969||"That's the Way God Planned It"||62||—||11|
|1971||"My Sweet Lord"||90||23||—|
|1972||"I Wrote a Simple Song"||77||—||—|
|"That's the Way God Planned It" (Re-release)||65||—||—|
|1973||"Will It Go Round in Circles"||1||10||—|
|"How Long Has The Train Been Gone"||—||—||—|
|1974||"You're So Unique"||48||11||—|
|"Nothing from Nothing"||1||8||—|
|1979||"With You I'm Born Again" (with Syreeta Wright)||4||86||2|
|1980||"It Will Come in Time" (with Syreeta Wright)||—||—||47|
|"One More Time for Love" (with Syreeta Wright)||52||72||—|
|1982||"I'm Never Gonna Say Goodbye"||88||—||—|
|1986||"So Good, So Fine" (with Ann-Louise Hanson)||—||—||—|
|2003||"Go Where No One's Gone Before" ||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
As a guest/session performer
- (1963) Night Beat (Sam Cooke)
- (1969) "Get Back" and "Don't Let Me Down" (The Beatles)
- (1969) Abbey Road (The Beatles)
- (1970) Let It Be (The Beatles)
- (1970) All Things Must Pass (George Harrison)
- (1970) John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (John Lennon) - piano on "God"
- (1971) Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones)
- (1971) The Concert for Bangla Desh (George Harrison and Friends)
- (1971) There's a Riot Goin' On (Sly & the Family Stone)
- (1971) Live at Fillmore West (King Curtis & Aretha Franklin)
- (1971) Barbra Joan Streisand - Keyboards and Drums
- (1972) Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones)
- (1972) Wind of Change (Peter Frampton) - Plays piano, keyboards, harpsichord, accordion
- (1973) Ringo (Ringo Starr) - Organ on "I'm The Greatest" and "Oh My My"
- (1973) Goats Head Soup (Rolling Stones)
- (1974) Dark Horse (George Harrison) - Electric piano
- (1974) Goodnight Vienna (Ringo Starr) - clavinet on the title track, electric piano on "Only You (And You Alone)"
- (1974) It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (Rolling Stones)
- (1975) "You Are So Beautiful" (Joe Cocker)
- (1975) Extra Texture (Read All About It) (George Harrison) - Electric piano on "His Name Is Legs (Ladies And Gentlemen)"
- (1976) Thirty Three & 1/3 (George Harrison)
- (1976) Black and Blue (Rolling Stones)
- (1976) Love You Live (Rolling Stones)
- (1978) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Also acted the part "Sgt. Pepper" in the film
- (1981) Tattoo You (Rolling Stones)
- (1982) Gone Troppo (George Harrison)
- (1985) "Till My Baby Comes Home" (Luther Vandross) - Plays organ
- (1986) "Great Gosh A'Mighty (Been A Long Time Comin')" - Co-written with Little Richard - from the hit motion picture Down and Out in Beverly Hills. Little Richard - vocal.
- (1990) Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band - Plays keyboards and vocals
- (1990) Giovani Jovanotti (Jovanotti) - Plays keyboards & Fender Rhodes
- (1991) ...E La Vita Continua (Nino D'Angelo)
- (1993) Wandering Spirit (Mick Jagger) - "Sweet Thing", "Out of Focus", "Use Me", "Wandering Spirit" and "I've Been Lonely for So Long".
- (1996) Voyage of Dreams - Jephté Guillaume and the Tet Kale Orkestra - Plays Organ, Strings on "Al Di Yo", "Go Tell Them", "Kanpe", "Get Up")
- (1996) Donnie McClurkin (Donnie McClurkin) - Organ
- (1996) Love Brought Me Back (Helen Baylor) - Organ
- (1996) El Equilibiro de los Jaguares (Jaguares) - Organ/Hammond B3 on "Detrás de los Cerros"
- (1996) Peace Beyond Passion (Me'shell Ndegeocello) - Keyboards on "Deuteronomy: Niggerman"
- (1997) Bridges to Babylon (Rolling Stones) - Organ on "Saint of Me"
- (1998) Undiscovered Soul (Richie Sambora)
- (2000) The Harsh Light of Day (Fastball) - Plays keyboards on "You're An Ocean"
- (2001) Songs From The West Coast (Elton John) - "Electric organ" on "I Want Love", "The Wasteland", "Love Her Like Me"
- (2001) Everybody Got Their Something (Nikka Costa) - Clavinet
- (2001) Reptile (Eric Clapton)
- (2001) One More Car, One More Rider (Eric Clapton, live) - DVD includes live performance of Will It Go Round in Circles
- (2002) Travelogue (Joni Mitchell) - Plays Hammond B3 on the track "You Dream Flat Tires"
- (2002) "American IV:The Man Comes Around"(Johnny Cash) - Piano on "Tear Stained Letter" and "Personal Jesus"
- (2003) The Colored Section (Donnie) - Plays Hammond B3 on the last track: "The Colored Section"
- (2003) Concert for George - Including "Isn't It a Pity" and "My Sweet Lord"
- (2003) Get Born (Jet)
- (2004) Me and Mr. Johnson (Eric Clapton) - Also appears in the DVD companion Sessions for Robert J
- (2004) Crossroads Guitar Festival (Eric Clapton)
- (2004) Genius Loves Company (Ray Charles)
- (2005) 12 Songs (Neil Diamond)
- (2005) Back Home (Eric Clapton)
- (2005) Choose Love (Ringo Starr)
- (2005) The Concert for Bangladesh (George Harrison and Friends) (Re-mastered version & video)
- (2005) Tough on Crime (Rebecca Pidgeon) - Plays Keyboards
- (2006) Stadium Arcadium (Red Hot Chili Peppers) - Plays on "Warlocks"
- (2006) The Road to Escondido (Eric Clapton, J. J. Cale)
- (2006) Overnight Sensational (Sam Moore) Plays Hammond B3 on "I Can't Stand The Rain" and sings & plays on "You Are So Beautiful"
- (2007) Reach (Is'real Benton) - Plays organ on "Have A Good Time"
- (2007) Imagine (Howard Hewett) - features on organ as guest alongside Gerald Albright on sax.)