Billy Preston Dies

I hadn't realized he'd been in a coma since last November with kidney failure. Here's a link to the Washington Post article. (For some reason it neglects to mention his other big hit single of the 70's as a solo artist, "Will It Go 'Round In Circles"). Although I can't say I'm a big fan of his own albums aside from the hit singles, Preston was an amazingly talented and natural musician, famously a teenage prodigy on piano and organ, who always complemented and heightened the impact of other artists' work with whom he guested. And he seemed to radiate an infectious cheer and good will in his public persona like few others in rock, even though he clearly had his private demons. A sad day, music lost a truly beautiful cat.
I saw him in concert when he toured with the Rolling Stones in 1974. Great talent.
Agreed. Reading about that was like hearing a friend from the old days had passed away.
There's a marvelous film clip of Preston as a child appearing on the Nat King Cole TV show. He couldn't have been more than 12 yet he commanded the screen with Cole standing at his side.
Billy toured with Eric Clapton and his band in 2001. There is a DVD-V of the concert. It's well worth the price. He could bring it. RIP
Great performance when he played with George Harrison and the gang in Concert for Bangla Desh.
I will miss him.
Well, seems either the Post has now updated the article to include a mention of "Will It Go Round In Circles", or I didn't catch it the first time around despite reading it twice. Anyway, it's in there.

Here's a couple more links, Wikipedia and Billy's official site.
They called him the fifth Beatle on the radio station I heard the announcement on. I recall reading how he had a calming affect on the Beatles when he was invited to sit in during some of their later sessions.
He was one of the key glues that kept the Fab Four together long enough to complete their final recordings.
What a lose; just heard "Will it go Round in Circles" a couple days ago on the radio and was thinking of what a great keyboardist and singer Billy Preston was. In addition to the Beatles and others I admired his work on Joe Cocker's "Organic".
A tragic loss. Not much mention in the mainsteam press about his legendary time with Jime Hendrix and the Band Of Gypsys.
Jalanc42069: You're thinking of either Billy Cox (bass) or Buddy Miles (drums, both still alive BTW), not Billy Preston (keys), who reportedly jammed with Hendrix but was never a member of the Band Of Gypsys or his other groups.
A great musician...check out Melody with the Stones on Black and Blue...RIP
Saw him at the Miami Jai-Alai Fronton in early 1973. He brought the house down with "Will It Go Round In Circles". He actually danced while playing the keyboards!

Kids, learn early from his untimely death, as well as the numerous premature deaths of artists from my era. When it comes to drugs, if it ain't ALL NATURAL, DON'T PUT IT IN YOUR BODY!!!