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Billy Preston CD

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BILLY PRESTON: 16-Yr. Old Soul. CD

  • Billy Preston Was a Child Prodigy
  • Famous for Being a Sideman to the Beatles and Being Signed to Their Label Apple Records
  • 16-Yr. Old Soul Was Preston's First Album
  • Recorded in 1963 for the Derby Imprint of Sam Cooke's SAR Label
  • Features Legendary Sidemen Earl Palmer, Gene Edwards and Clifford Hils
  • 11 Out of 12 Tracks Make Their CD Debut
  • Includes Two Non-LP Bonus Tracks
  • Liner Notes by Bill Dahl
  • Added Photos from the Cameo-Parkway Vaults
  • Sound Supervised by ABKCO's Chief Audio Engineer Teri Landi 

Many folks only became aware of Billy Preston in the late ‘60s through his work as a Beatles sideman and his signing to their Apple Records label as a solo artist. But Preston had actually been recording for many years before that, and his first big break came courtesy of none other than Sam Cooke. Preston—then still in high school—was hired to play on Cooke’s 1963 album Night Beat, and Cooke was so impressed with the teenager that he signed him to the Derby imprint of his SAR Records label, and got him in the studio right away to record 16-Yr. Old Soul. The album features a cookin’ batch of instrumentals propelled by Preston’s funky organ and piano licks leading two tasty combos, one composed of the legendary Earl Palmer on drums, Gene Edwards on guitar and Clifford Hils on bass, the other Hils, guitarist Tommy Tedesco and drummer Milt Turner. This CD debut—yours courtesy of Real Gone Music and ABKCO Music & Records—adds a couple of bonus tracks, “Sweet Thing” and “Win Your Love for Me,” with sound overseen by ABKCO’s Chief Audio Engineer Teri Landi and notes by Bill Dahl. ‘60s soul instrumental fans, take heed!


1.   Greazee

2.   Lost and Lookin’

3.   I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You

4.   Born to Lose

5.   Ain’t That Love

6.   Bring It On Home to Me

7.   God Bless the Child

8.   Pretty Little Girl

9.   In the Spring

10. Good News

Bonus Tracks

11. Sweet Thing

12. Win Your Love for Me

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