Wednesday, June 07, 2006

R.I.P. Billy Preston

Singer-songwriter Billy Preston dies at 59
PHOENIX - Billy Preston, the exuberant keyboardist who landed dream gigs with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and enjoyed his own hit singles including "Outta Space" and "Nothing From Nothing," died Tuesday at 59.

Seriously, this man was amazing and it is a loss to the music world that he is gone - and at far too young of an age, also.

He was a fantastic musician and an incredible showman. Check him out on the recently released Concert For Bangladesh DVD. There were some terrific TV appearances in the 70's, as well. I distinctly remember one where he had a HUGE afro (literally at least 3 feet in diameter) and at one point he was dancing around so manically, that the afro was revealed to be a wig when it fell off of his head! Great stuff!

See Crooks and Liars for a video


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