Billy Preston

One of the funkiest organ players of the 1960s and 1970s, Billy Preston's gospel-tinged keyboards and vocals graced a handful of hit singles, including "Outa-Space" and "Will It Go Round in Circles," but his ... Read more »
Born: 09/02/1946 in Houston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Music (50)

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates 2016 (Movie)

("You Are So Beautiful") (Song)

Legend 2015 (Movie)

("Slaughter") (Song)

Legend 2015 (Movie)

("Slaughter") (Song Performer)

The Wedding Ringer 2015 (Movie)

("You Are So Beautiful") (Song)

Joyful Noise 2012 (Movie)

"That's The Way God Planned It" (Song)

Bad Teacher 2011 (Movie)

("Nothing From Nothing") (Song)

Bad Teacher 2011 (Movie)

("Nothing From Nothing") (Song Performer)

The Music Never Stopped 2011 (Movie)

("Greazee, Pts. 1 & 2") (Song)

The Music Never Stopped 2011 (Movie)

("Greazee, Pts. 1 & 2") (Song Performer)

Inglourious Basterds 2009 (Movie)

("Slaughter") (Song)

Inglourious Basterds 2009 (Movie)

("Slaughter") (Song Performer)

Be Kind Rewind 2008 (Movie)

("Nothing From Nothing") (Song)

Be Kind Rewind 2008 (Movie)

("Nothing From Nothing") (Song Performer)

Talk to Me 2007 (Movie)

("Outa-Space") (Song)

Talk to Me 2007 (Movie)

("Outa-Space") (Song Performer)

Off the Map 2005 (Movie)

("Will It Go Round In Circles") (Song)

Off the Map 2005 (Movie)

("Will It Go Round In Circles") (Song Performer)

Elf 2003 (Movie)

("Nothing From Nothing") (Song)

Elf 2003 (Movie)

("Nothing From Nothing") (Song Performer)

Evolution 2001 (Movie)

("You Are So Beautiful") (Song)

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

("Outa Space") (Song Performer)

Steal This Movie 2000 (Movie)

("Power to the People") (Song Performer)

Get Real 1999 (Movie)

("You Are So Beatiful") (Song)

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

("Outa-Space") (Song Performer)

To Die For 1995 (Movie)

(Song)

To Die For 1995 (Movie)

("Nothing From Nothing") (Song Performer)

The Little Rascals 1994 (Movie)

("You Are So Beautiful") (Song)

Carlito's Way 1993 (Movie)

("You Are So Beautiful") (Song)

The Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia 1991 (Movie)

("It's So Easy") (Song Performer)

Wired 1989 (Movie)

("You Are So Beautiful") (Song)

Two Moon Junction 1988 (Movie)

("You Are So Beautiful") (Song)

Eddie Murphy Raw 1987 (Movie)

("Nothing From Nothing") (Song)

Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 (Movie)

("It's a Matter of Time") (Song)

Body and Soul 1982 (Movie)

("You Make Me Feel Born Again") (Song Performer)

Below the Belt 1980 (Movie)

music director(vocals) (Music)

Below the Belt 1980 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

When a Stranger Calls 1979 (Movie)

("Space Race") (Song Performer)

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978 (Movie)

("Get Back") (Song Performer)

Citizens Band 1977 (Movie)

("You Are So Beautiful") (Song)

Twilight's Last Gleaming 1976 (Movie)

("My Country 'Tis of Thee") (Song Performer)

Flash and the Firecat 1974 (Movie)

(Music)

Flash and the Firecat 1974 (Movie)

(Song)

Flash and the Firecat 1974 (Movie)

("Nothing From Nothing") (Song Performer)

Honky 1972 (Movie)

("Hey Girl") (Song Performer)

Slaughter 1971 (Movie)

(Song)

The Concert For Bangla Desh 1971 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Angel City (TV Show)

Song Performer
Actor (24)

American Idol 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Genius: A Night For Ray Charles 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Sparks 1995 - 1997, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Performer

Concert For George 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jimi & Sly: The Skin I'm In 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Good News 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Presents the '70s 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Wired 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown Returns to the Apollo 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Blame It on the Night 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Compleat Beatles 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rock Comedy 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978 (Movie)

Sergeant Pepper (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1975 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Concert For Bangla Desh 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

St. Louis Blues 1958 (Movie)

WC Handy as a Boy (Actor)

Nightlife (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the funkiest organ players of the 1960s and 1970s, Billy Preston's gospel-tinged keyboards and vocals graced a handful of hit singles, including "Outa-Space" and "Will It Go Round in Circles," but his contributions to other artists' recordings, including the Beatles' "Get Back" and songs by the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles and others were the foundation on which his legendary status was built. A child musical prodigy, he began performing at the age of 10 and recorded his first album when he was just 16. Stints with Little Richard and Ray Charles led to his participation in the recording sessions for the Beatles' Let It Be (1969) album, for which he contributed the soaring organ part on the title track. His association with the Beatles and George Harrison in particular led to a solo career that peaked in the mid-1970s with the aforementioned hits and guest appearances on countless major records. His career and health took a downward turn due to drug and legal problems in the 1980s and 1990s, but he mounted an impressive comeback at the end of the decade before medical issues claimed his life in 2006. Preston left behind an incredible body of work, spread over a half-century of popular music, with some of the century's greatest artists, as well as his own stellar solo efforts.

Milestones

Known for such albums as "Billy Preston - The Best"

Popular songs include "Will It Go Round In Circles" and "Nothing From Nothing".

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