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Billy Preston

Mostly Credited As: Billy Preston
Sometimes Credited As: The Fifth Beatle
The 5th Beatle

Birth Name: William Everett Preston
Date Of Birth: September 09, 1946 (Age 59)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Houston, Texas
Date Of Death: June 06, 2006
Cause Of Death: Chronic Kidney Failure in Scottsdale, Arizona

Billy Preston


Known for his big smile and towering afro, Preston was a teen prodigy on the piano and organ, and lent his gospel-tinged touch to classics such as the Beatles' "Get Back" and the Stones' "Can't You Hear Me Knocking?" He broke out as a solo artist in the 1970s, winning a best instrumental Grammy in 1973 for "Outta Space," and scoring other hits with "Will It Go 'Round In Circles," "Nothing From Nothing" and "With You I'm Born Again," a duet with Syreeta Wright. Preston, who had battled chronic kidney failure, had undergone a kidney transplant in 2002, but the kidney failed and he has been on dialysis treatments ever since. He died June 6th, 2006.

TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

Soundstage (2003) (2003) 
  Michael McDonald with Billy Preston, Toni Braxton, Take 6 and India.Arie 03x01: (Jun/30/2005) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

American Idol (2002) 
  Season 4 Finale 04x41: (May/25/2005) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Cybill Sheperd, Al Franken, Sati Achath 03x93: (Feb/02/1996) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

American Bandstand (1957) 
  American Bandstand's 30th Anniversary Special (Oct/30/1981) As Himself 
  Sheena Easton 24x24: (Mar/28/1981) As Himself 
  Billy Preston and Syreeta / Dave Mason 23x45: (Sep/06/1980) As Himself 
  Billy Preston / Flash Cadillac 17x49: (Aug/10/1974) As Himself 

Soul Train (1971) 
  Billy Preston/ Lakeside 10x22: (Apr/11/1981) As Himself 
  Billy Preston/ Creme D'Coca 09x07: (Oct/27/1979) As Himself 
  Billy Preston & Syreeta/ Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers 08x34: (Apr/07/1979) As Himself 
  Billy Preston/ Esther Phillips 07x28: (Feb/25/1978) As Himself 

The Midnight Special (1973) 
  Hosts: Billy Preston and Syreeta 08x26: (May/23/1980) As Himself (Co-Host) 
  Host: Gladys Knight and the Pips 08x24: (May/09/1980) As Himself 
  Hosts: The O'Jays 06x17: (Jan/13/1978) As Himself 
  Host: Herb Alpert 03x38: (Jun/20/1975) As Himself 

Donny and Marie (1976) 
  NEW YEARS EVE SHOW WITH TINA TURNER, RIP TAYLOR, BILLY PRESTON 02x11: (Dec/31/1976) As Himself 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  George Carlin/Janis Ian & Billy Preston 01x01: (Oct/11/1975) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Rock Concert (1973) 
  Al Wilson / Billy Preston / Brownsville Station 01x15: (Feb/11/1974) As Himself 

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest (1972) 
  New Year's Rockin' Eve '74 02x01: (Dec/31/1973) As Himself 
  New Year's Rockin' Eve '73 01x01: (Dec/31/1972) As Himself 

Beat-Club (1965) 
  Curtis Mayfield / Billy Preston / Poco 07x05: (Jan/29/1972) As Himself 

Playboy After Dark (1968) 
  Billy Preston; Sammy Davis Jr.; Bill Medley; Moms Mabley 02x22: (Apr/20/1970) As Himself 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Ray Charles, O.J. Simpson 21x13: (Dec/03/1967) As Himself 

Shindig (1964) 
  Final Saturday show: Knickerbockers; Jackie DeShannon 02x34: (Jan/08/1966) As Himself 
  Gloria Jones / Hollies / Searchers / We Five / Melody Patterson 02x23: (Dec/02/1965) As Himself 
  Halloween ‘65 with Boris Karloff; Ted Cassidy 02x14: (Oct/30/1965) As Himself 
  Zsa Zsa Gabor (guest host); The Animals; Millie Small 02x09: (Oct/14/1965) As Himself 
Featured Songs

The Midnight Special Songs:
Host: Mac Davis + Blackbird
+ Georgia on My Mind
+ That's the Way God Planned It 
Saturday Night Live Songs:
George Carlin/Janis Ian & Billy Preston + Fancy Ladies
+ Nothin' From Nothin' 
My Name Is Earl Songs:
Stole P's HD Cart + Outa-Space 
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