Billy Preston – The 5th Beatle, RIP

June 7th, 2006 by

, many called the "," in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 59. He wrote such 70s hits as "" and the instrumental "Outa-Space," for which he won a Grammy; he also helped write ‘s hit, "." But he was legendary for his session work with , , and .

This is a great clip of Preston playing "" at ‘s (from at ):

This clip is of Preston playing "" (Merry Swankster’s got an MP3 of the song) with at the Staples Center in 2001 (from at ):

This clip is from the movie . It’s Preston singing The Beatles’ "" (from at ):

There’s a reason they called him the Fifth Beatle. Here’s Preston doing his version of George Harrison’s song "" (from at ):

CybersMusic wrote a nice biographical post and there’s a photo slideshow of Billy Preston at Flickr.

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  • What a great video, “Will It Go Round In Circles?”, Billy was definetly having fun there !! Adn Eric also give a song that extra flavor.