Sunday, July 21, 2024

Billy Preston’s Enduring Legacy, from the BBC


Billy Preston was the actual “fifth Beatle”–the only recording artist ever credited on a Beatles record. He played with the Beatles and Stones, and never got paid for any of it. (His receives nothing now from all the reissues he played on.)

The BBC has an excellent tribute out on Billy that’s worth listening to at

Preston’s legacy is currently being held hostage in Los Angeles federal bankruptcy court by Judge Theodore Albert, whose decisions in the late Preston’s case are erratic and seemingly capricious. When the full story comes out about Albert’s handling of this legend’s life, it’s going to be quite an eye opener.

In the meantime, here’s Billy, who died tragically in June 2006 at age 59. He played on “Abbey Road,” “Let it Be” and “The Concert for Bangla Desh,” had three top 10 hits with “Outta Space,” “Will it Go Round in Circles,” and “Nothing from Nothing.” He is not, of course, in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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