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#2859587 - 06/06/17 12:12 PM OT: RIP Billy Preston
cphollis Offline
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Ooops, old news. Still a good article

A sad story


Edited by cphollis (06/06/17 12:14 PM)
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#2859598 - 06/06/17 12:48 PM Re: OT: RIP Billy Preston [Re: cphollis]
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Yes, Billy Preston was one of my favorites & one of the best. He had a great career on his own & with the Beatles & Stones of course. Then later,, 2 of my favorites were "Concert for George" and Eric Clapton Live Tour 2001,"One More Car One More Rider" RIP Billy.
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#2859600 - 06/06/17 12:53 PM Re: OT: RIP Billy Preston [Re: cphollis]
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Interesting how they spin an article on Preston 11 years after his death.
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#2859605 - 06/06/17 01:06 PM Re: OT: RIP Billy Preston [Re: CEB]
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As the plan was for him to become a full-time member of The Beatles, it would have been interesting to see how that would have played out, had they not broken up.
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#2859653 - 06/06/17 04:30 PM Re: OT: RIP Billy Preston [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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I loved the way he played so enthusiastically on his original stuff. Huge inspiration that carries on to this day. Bring game on your bits, or go home.
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#2859748 - 06/07/17 05:10 AM Re: OT: RIP Billy Preston [Re: cphollis]
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He was a monster organ player.
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#2859752 - 06/07/17 05:27 AM Re: OT: RIP Billy Preston [Re: CEB]
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Originally Posted By: CEB
Interesting how they spin an article on Preston 11 years after his death.


How so?

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#2859812 - 06/07/17 08:03 AM Re: OT: RIP Billy Preston [Re: George88]
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If anyone ever wanted to know the definition of the term Soul & I can't explain it in words (who can, actually) all I would need to do is put on Billy's Hammond playing, especially the work he did on Ray Charles' Crying Time album.

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#2859824 - 06/07/17 08:36 AM Re: OT: RIP Billy Preston [Re: BenWaB3]
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#2957006 - 11/08/18 06:41 PM Re: OT: RIP Billy Preston [Re: paughrock]
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As good a place to put this as anywhere else:




I had never seen this performance before today. One of my favorite songs, and Iím no gospel fan. Iím not ashamed to admit my eyes welled up watching it. Billy Preston meant the world to me as a young organist. So much so that I actually convinced my mom to let me get my hair permed into an Afro when I was 13 years old. I still have a photo somewhere. Iíll post it if I find it.
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#2957038 - 11/09/18 05:20 AM Re: OT: RIP Billy Preston [Re: Synthaholic]
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He is one of my fav keyboard players. You can really tell when players play from the heart and soul and he was one of the best at doing that.
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#2957044 - 11/09/18 06:04 AM Re: OT: RIP Billy Preston [Re: bennyray]
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Originally Posted By: bennyray
He is one of my fav keyboard players. You can really tell when players play from the heart and soul and he was one of the best at doing that.

You can always tell when it's him, too. I mean, the world is full of great Hammond players, but when he slides into that high note at the top of the solo in "I Got the Blues" on Sticky Fingers, for example, it's like hearing Derek Trucks play slide guitar, or Leon Russell play piano, or Miles Davis play trumpet. He just had a voice on the instrument.
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#2957130 - 11/09/18 01:07 PM Re: OT: RIP Billy Preston [Re: samuelblupowitz]
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I cribbed a single organ lick of his from the ďAretha Live at the Fillmore WestĒ album and turned it into the hook for a song with my trio.

A half a bar of his genius was enough to get lowly me through a song.

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#2957133 - 11/09/18 01:30 PM Re: OT: RIP Billy Preston [Re: analogika]
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I went to a pre-show Cory Henry masterclass a few weeks ago and asked him his favorite Billy Preston track. He said "That's the Way God Planned It" - and it's hard to argue.

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#2957399 - Yesterday at 07:20 PM Re: OT: RIP Billy Preston [Re: Noah B]
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This still holds up very well. Love the background horns.

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#2957483 - Today at 10:44 AM Re: OT: RIP Billy Preston [Re: Synthaholic]
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I got a chance to rent my B-3 to him when he was playing with Eric Clapton in 2001. Apparently they had taken a sub par B-3 on that tour and had been having problems with it, so I had about 2 hours to get my B-3 to what used to be the Rose Garden ( now the Moda Center)in Portland Oregon and fire it up for him.

He was very happy to see that organ show up and very friendly toward me. Apparently he was a fan of the later B-3's ( mine is from 1974) and he told me he had been looking for one of these.

He showed me what it was that he liked about it, but there wasn't much time before showtime so they basically made sure it worked and I was shuffled off into the stageside area.

I was surprised to see that he did not look to be in good health. I had no idea what he had been through. But he was a nice and friendly person and looked after me a bit after the gig, making sure I got some food and what ever else.

I guess I was less than surprised when I heard that he died about 5 years later. He was only in his mid 50's when I met him and it just looked like there was too much too soon in his life. I guess when you have been around the " big time" as much as he was temptation would just be too much.

I am glad to have met him and think about him when I fire that organ up, which is now in my living room and has been retired from rentals.

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