There are very few members of the rock pantheon with whom Billy Preston hasn’t performed. Famously referred to as “The Fifth Beatle” for his contribution to “Get Back” and their final albums, he has also worked with others ranging from Sam Cooke to Eric Clapton to the Rolling Stones and even the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
But Preston was an incredible performer in his own right, whether performing his own compositions or those written by others. Here’s a trio of classic Preston performances – “You Are So Beautiful” with his band, “Will It Go ‘Round in Circles” with Eric Clapton and, a particular treat, “Get Back with Levon Helm and the Band.
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