Billy Preston

Early Recordings

Ten early 45s (mostly instrumentals) and several early LPs (gospel and instrumental) not shown: see 45cat and Discogs links below for these. Here is one of the early LPs, noted here due to arranger being Sly.

Wildest Organ In Town!
Capitol ST-2532
7/66 BB
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Side One
In The Midnight Hour Cropper-Pickett 2:11
Uptight Cosby-Moy-Wonder 2:22
A Hard Days Night Lennon-McCartney 2:53
Ain't Got No Time To Play Preston 2:02
Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things Holland-Dozier-Holland 2:29
The Duck Nelson-Smith 2:06
Side Two
Advice Preston-Stone 2:25
Satisfaction (I Can't Get No) Jagger-Richards 2:40
I Got You (I Feel Good) Brown 2:29
It's Got To Happen Preston-Stone 2:09
Free Funk Preston-Stone 2:40
The 'In' Crowd Page 2:22
Billy Preston-organ, vocals
uncredited musicians
Sly Stone-arranger
Produced by: Steve Douglas


Billy records with The Beatles (shares artist credit on Get Back 45) during the ill-fated Let It Be epic; begins great friendship with George.


That's The Way God Planned It³ / What About You?
Preston (3:22) / Preston (2:05)
Apple 1808, 7/69 BB


That's The Way God Planned It
Apple ST-3359
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Reissue Cover

New cover to capitalize on Bangla Desh movie spotlight
Side One
Do What You Want Preston 3:40
I Want To Thank You† Preston 3:10
Everything's Alright Preston-Troy 2:41
She Belongs To Me Dylan 4:06
It Doesn't Matter Preston 2:37
Morning Star David-Handy 3:16
Side Two
Hey Brother† Kirkland-Preston 2:30
What About You Preston 2:07
Let Us All Get Together Right Now Preston-Troy 3:05
This Is It Preston-Troy 2:38
Keep It To Yourself† Preston 2:35
That's The Way God Planned It (Parts 1 & 2) Preston 5:34
Billy Preston-keyboards, piano, vocals
Eric Clapton-guitar
George Harrison-slide guitar
Keith Richards-bass
Ginger Baker-drums
Doris Troy-backing vocals
Produced by: George Harrison, except Wayne Shuler†


Everything's All Right / I Want To Thank You
Preston-Troy (2:41) / Preston (3:03)
Apple 1814, 10/69

All That I've Got (I'm Gonna Give It To You)¹ / As I Get Older¹
Preston-Troy (3:34) / Preston-Stewart (3:40)
Apple 1817, 2/70


Encouraging Words
Apple ST-3370
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Side One
Right Now Preston 3:13
Little Girl Preston 3:28
Use What You've Got Preston 4:21
My Sweet Lord Harrison 3:21
Let The Music Play Green-Kerkland-Preston 2:42
The Same Thing Again Herndon-Preston 4:32
Side Two
I've Got A Feeling Lennon-McCartney 2:49
Sing One For The Lord Harrison-Preston 3:47
When You Are Mine Preston 2:44
I Don't Want You To Pretend Preston 2:35
Encouraging Words Preston 3:32
All Things Must Pass Harrison 3:38
You've Been Acting Strange Williams 3:20
Billy Preston-vocals, organ, piano, electric piano, harmonica, backing vocals
with: (all uncredited)
George Harrison-guitars, Moog synthesizer, backing vocals
Eric Clapton-guitar
Delaney Bramlett-guitar, backing vocals
Carl Radle-bass
Jim Gordon-drums
Klaus Voormann-bass
Ringo Starr-drums
Bobby Keys-saxophones
Jim Price-trumpet, trombone, horn arrangements
The Edwin Hawkins Singers-backing vocals
Produced by: Billy Preston & George Harrison


My Sweet Lord / Little Girl
Harrison (3:21) / Preston (3:28)
Apple 1826, 12/70 BB


Where did Billy perform to help his friend form an all-star band ??

I Wrote A Simple Song
A&M SP-3507
11/8/71 BB
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Inside Cover

Side One
Should've Known Better Greene-Preston 2:28
I Wrote A Simple Song Greene-Preston 3:28
John Henry Preston-Sam 3:15
Without A Song Eliscu-Rose-Youmans 4:57
The Bus Greene-Preston 3:32
Side Two
Outa-Space Greene-Preston 4:08
The Looner Tune Greene-Kirkland-Preston 2:47
You Done Got Older Fisher-Preston 3:08
Swing Down Chariot trad 4:13
God Is Great Greene-Preston 3:32
My Country 'Tis Of Thee trad 4:27
Billy Preston-keyboards, vocals
George Harrison-lead guitar, dobro
David T Walker-guitar
Manuel Kellough-drums
King Errison-congas
Rocky Peoples-tenor sax
Charles Garnette-trumpet
Clydie King, Douglas Gibbs, Duane Rogers, Eugene Bryant, Jesse Kirkland, Merry Clayton,
Merna Matthews*, Patrice Holloway, Sherrell Atwood, Venetta Fields-backing vocals
strings & horns arranged by Quincy Jones
Produced by: Billy Preston


I Wrote A Simple Song /Outa-Space
Greene-Preston (3:28) / Greene-Preston (4:08)
A&M 1320, 12/71 BB

rereleased Spring 72 with sides flipped, Outa-Space reached #2 (7/8/72)


Official Billy Preston website
Billy @ Beatles Bible


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