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The Rolling Stones, Plastic Ono Band et al: New Singles

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 5 July 1969

ROLLING STONES: 'Honky Tonk Women'/'You Can't Always Get What You Want' (Decca). An important single for the Stones, but a disappointment for us . ...

Billy Preston: Billy's a Natural

Profile by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 12 July 1969

IF EVER there was a "natural" for the charts, Billy Preston's 'That's The Way God Planned It' — which enters this week at No. 19 ...

Billy Preston: Forget The Rumours — Billy Will Be Back

Interview by Alan Walsh, Melody Maker, 2 August 1969

ONE OF the few sure things about the music business is that rumours will fly around it. ...

Billy Preston

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1969

DISCOVERED IN our own backyard! ...

Billy Preston: That's The Way God Planned It (Apple ST 3359); Billy Preston: Encouraging Words (Apple ST 3370)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, 7 January 1971

BILLY PRESTON'S first album, That's the Way God Planned It, was almost all gospel-oriented, and the second side was generally good. But the material that ...

George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar et al: Concert for Bangla Desh, Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Nancy Lewis, New Musical Express, 7 August 1971


Billy Preston: Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 9 December 1971

Billy Preston Show Opens at Troubadour ...

Billy Preston: The Troubadour, Los Angeles

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, January 1972

IT'S NOT EASY to be uncompromisingly religious in a den of drugs, drink and iniquity like the Troubadour, but Billy Preston has both the Power ...

Billy Preston: I Wrote A Simple Song (A&M AMLH 63507, £2.29)

Review by David Hancock, Disc, 15 January 1972


Billy Preston: I Wrote A Simple Song (AM AMLH 63507).

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 22 January 1972


Billy Preston: Billy's Feelin' Real Good

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 29 January 1972

A BROOKLYN friend of mine who had this uncanny knack of being able to spot a rising star at 100 yards said to me a ...

Billy Preston: Working The Way God Planned It!

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 4 February 1972

BILLY PRESTON has been here all the time, yet he's only just arrived; and after many years of building his way up the bumpy road ...

Chuck Berry, Pink Floyd, Slade, Billy Preston, Roy Young Band: Lanchester Arts Festival, Locarno, Coventry

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 12 February 1972


Concert for Bangla Desh (Dir. Saul Swimmer; 20th Century Fox)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Nancy Lewis, New Musical Express, 1 April 1972


Billy Preston: Man at the Top

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc, 29 July 1972

THE FORMIDABLE hand of fate has moved in to give Billy Preston his first American No. 1 hit — something he's clamoured for since turning ...

Billy Preston: The Way Billy Planned It

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, 1 September 1973

When The Stones hit the road this month BILLY PRESTON goes with them. Here, he talks to MM's MICHAEL WATTS in Los Angeles ...

Billy Preston: God Planned It Good

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 22 September 1973

AFTER YEARS spent as a session man for an astonishing roster of star names the Beatles, the Stones, Barbra Steisand, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Sam ...

Billy Preston: Rainbow Theatre, London

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 3 November 1973

AFTER A shaky start, Billy Preston tore London's Rainbow Theatre apart on Thursday last week, with a little help from his friends. ...

Billy Preston

Interview by Wayne Robins, Creem, May 1974

In Which This Jack-Of-All-Jams Remembers The Stones, Beatles, Little Richard ...

Billy Preston: The Busiest Soul In Showbusiness

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 14 September 1974

THANKS TO his prodigious session-work, as well as his own tours, Billy Preston is one of the most frequent American soul visitors to our isle; ...

Billy Preston's Gospel Truths

Interview by David Rensin, Rolling Stone, 27 February 1975

LOS ANGELES – "I've never asked anyone to help me or give me a break," declared Billy Preston adamantly. "Whatever I don't have now I ...

Billy Preston: Like a Rolling Stone

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, 2 August 1975

"We're a family," says Billy Preston of his current tour of the U.S. with the Stones. And in addition to that, he's just released a ...

Billy Preston: No Longer Going Round In Circles!

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 9 October 1979

B&S talks to Billy about his early days with Little Richard and Ray Charles, his development as a solo talent and his recent pacting with ...

Billy Preston & Syreeta: Rebirth? A Fast Break is all it Takes...!

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Blues & Soul, 29 January 1980

Lloyd Bradley talks to Billy Preston and Syreeta, the latest in a select line of classic hit pairings ...

The blazing talent – and heartbreaking decline – of "fifth Beatle" Billy Preston

Retrospective by Ian Winwood, Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2021

The revered keyboardist saved Let It Be and put his fingerprints on countless rock classics. But he kept his true self hidden to the end. ...


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