Billy Preston

Signed with A&M Records in July 1971.

"If I ever leave this business I want him to take over what I started."--Ray Charles (Billboard, August 14, 1971)

Billy Preston is the only American artist to share a billing with the Beatles.

Billy Preston won Billboard's No. 1 Award for the Top Single, Instrumentalist of 1972.

A&M supported I Wrote a Simple Song with a television ad campaign airing in Los Angeles. The ads were 30-seconds long and appeared on both local and national music and talk shows 54 times.

In 1973 Preston made a deal with A&M's Irving Music to administer his WEP Music catalog.


Ultimate Collection press release

  1. Billboard, March 24, 1973.
  2. Preston TV Spots. Record World, September 2, 1972.
  3. Billboard Number One Songs of 1973.
Recording Years / Label
1971-1978 -  A&M Records
keyboards, vocals