Billy Preston

Preston at the White House in December 1974
Preston singing at the piano in 1971
Preston (seated behind grand piano in foreground) performing with the Rolling Stones in 1975

American musician, whose work encompassed R&B, rock, soul, funk, and gospel.

- Billy Preston

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Get Back

Song recorded by the British rock band the Beatles and written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

Picture sleeve for 1989 UK reissue

It was originally released as a single on 11 April 1969 and credited to "The Beatles with Billy Preston".

Sam Cooke

American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.

Cooke in 1963
Cooke in Billboard, 1965, released posthumously
Grave of Sam Cooke in the Garden of Honor at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California

Cooke's pioneering contributions to soul music contributed to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Billy Preston, and popularized the work of Otis Redding and James Brown.

You Are So Beautiful

1980s UK vinyl re-release

"You Are So Beautiful" is a song written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher that was first released in 1974 on Preston's ninth studio album, The Kids & Me.

Let It Be (Beatles album)

Twelfth and final studio album by the English rock band the Beatles.

Cover of the aborted Get Back album, mirroring the cover of the band's first album, Please Please Me
The original box set packaging of Let It Be. It contained a 160-page booklet with photos and quotes from the film.

As a condition of his return, the members reconvened at their own Apple Studio, and recruited guest keyboardist Billy Preston.

George Harrison

English musician and singer-songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

Harrison at the White House in December 1974
Harrison's place of birth and first home – 12 Arnold Grove
Harrison at a Beatles press conference in Amsterdam in 1964
Harrison (left) and Ringo Starr (right) performing at the King's Hall in Belfast, 1964
The Beatles in 1967
Trade ad for Wonderwall Music
Trade ad for Harrison's "Bangla Desh" single
Harrison leaving the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam, and signing an album for a fan, February 1977
Harrison and Eric Clapton performing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the 1987 Prince's Trust Concert in London
The entrance and gatehouse at Harrison's Friar Park estate. In December 1999, he and his wife Olivia were the victims of a knife attack by an intruder.
Harrison's burgundy Les Paul
Ravi Shankar, who taught Harrison the sitar (taken in 1969)
Harrison's Harptone L-6 acoustic guitar, which he played at the Concert for Bangladesh
George Harrison sculpture in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Harrison, with Hare Krishna devotees Shyamasundar Das and Mukunda Goswami, in Vrindavan, India, in 1996
Harrison and Pattie Boyd lived in Kinfauns in Surrey from 1964 to 1970
Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr on arrival in New York City at the height of Beatlemania, February 1964
Close-up of Harrison from the Beatles statue at Pier Head, Liverpool
"George Harrison" Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles

A prolific recording artist, he was featured as a guest guitarist on tracks by Badfinger, Ronnie Wood and Billy Preston, and collaborated on songs and music with Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Tom Petty, among others.

Apple Records

German release of The Iveys' album Maybe Tomorrow
The Zapple label of George Harrison's Electronic Sound LP (US issue)

Apple Records is a record label founded by the Beatles in 1968 as a division of Apple Corps Ltd. It was initially intended as a creative outlet for the Beatles, both as a group and individually, plus a selection of other artists including Mary Hopkin, James Taylor, Badfinger, and Billy Preston.

James Cleveland

American gospel singer, musician, and composer.

Cleveland moved to Los Angeles to become Minister of Music at Grace Memorial Church of God in Christ, where he attained even greater popularity working with keyboardist Billy Preston and the Angelic Choir of Nutley, New Jersey.

All Things Must Pass

Third studio album by English rock musician George Harrison.

Billboard ad for Harrison's Wonderwall Music soundtrack (1968)
Jim Gordon, Carl Radle, Bobby Whitlock and Eric Clapton formed Derek and the Dominos while participating in the sessions for All Things Must Pass.
Abbey Road Studios (formerly EMI Studios), where Harrison recorded much of All Things Must Pass
Phil Spector in 1965
Trade ad for the "What Is Life" single, February 1971
Front cover of the 2001 album booklet, reflecting Harrison's environmental concerns at the start of the 21st century; copyright Gnome Records

The album reflects the influence of Harrison's musical activities with artists such as Bob Dylan, the Band, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends and Billy Preston during 1968–70, and his growth as an artist beyond his supporting role to former bandmates John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Abbey Road

Eleventh studio album released by the English rock band the Beatles.

Cover photography by Iain Macmillan, design by John Kosh
An EMI TG mixing desk, similar to this one, was used in the production of Abbey Road
John Lennon played the Moog synthesizer's white noise generator to create the "wind" sounds at the end of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"
The medley of songs on side two finished with "The End"
Imitating the cover of Abbey Road has become popular with fans.

There, the group recorded a backing track for "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" with Billy Preston accompanying them on Hammond organ.

My Sweet Lord

Song by English musician George Harrison, released in November 1970 on his triple album All Things Must Pass.

Original UK and US cover
Abbey Road Studios (formerly EMI Studios), where Harrison recorded "My Sweet Lord"

Harrison originally gave the song to his fellow Apple Records artist Billy Preston to record; this version, which Harrison co-produced, appeared on Preston's Encouraging Words album in September 1970.