About once a month or so I have a long chat on RNZ about a particular musical artist or genre or a theme – for their regular Tuesday music features. This week I got to talk about about Billy Preston. He’s been on my mind ever since I was about 9 years old and I first saw him in a documentary about the history of rock’n’roll. His own music is great and then he was almost a member of two of the world’s biggest bands – The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. He played sessions for Sam Cooke, Sly and The Family Stone and Barbra Streisand, among many others; was a key touring component for Little Richard, The Everly Brothers and Eric Clapton. The list of people he’s worked with is enormous.
Oh and he wrote Joe Cocker’s enduring hit, You Are So Beautiful.
So I sat in the studio and talked through some of his great music and played some examples.
If you missed it or want to hear it again you can listen to the chat here.