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Billy Preston

American singer, songwriter, and organ and piano player

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas
Billy Preston

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Billy Preston, a singer, organist, and pianist who had a couple of big hits in the seventies, including today's song. He was also an accomplished session musician, performing with Little Richard, Sam Cooke, the Rolling Stones, and, most notably, The Beatles. Nicknamed "the fifth Beatle," Preston's organ playing is featured on The Beatles hits "Get Back" and "Don't Let Me Down," and he joined the band during their final rooftop performance. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from and a link to an article by Tom Breihan on Stereogum.


"Nothing From Nothing" by Billy Preston
1974 | American singer, songwriter, and organ and piano player


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The first thing we hear on “Nothing From Nothing” is a riotous horn section playing the kind of thing that should soundtrack a Benny Hill pratfall. And the song doesn’t exactly gain gravity when Preston comes in. Preston plays what he called a “saloon piano,” banging out a vaudevillian barrelhouse riff. The song stays fast and antic. It never gets funky or intense or passionate. Instead, little touches like the buried-in-the-mix banjo let you know that this is just pure goony joy-music — music that has as much to do with ragtime as it does with Stevie Wonder.

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