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King of the Road

Billy Preston

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Album Review

Park South's collection of Billy Preston performances, titled King of the Road, is an interesting concept in that all of these tracks feature Preston on the organ, and all are instrumental readings of classic covers, such as "Eight Days a Week," "Downtown," and "Stop! In the Name of Love." The recording quality is rather mediocre, but Preston and the band are in fine form. However, those looking for a good overview of Preston's remarkable talent should consider either Hip-O's Ultimate Collection or 20th Century Masters — The Millennium Collection on A&M would be much better choices.

Biography

Born: 02 September 1946 in Houston, TX

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

It's advantageous to get an early start on your chosen career, but Billy Preston took the concept to extremes. By age ten he was playing keyboards with gospel diva Mahalia Jackson, and two years later, in 1958, he was featured in Hollywood's film bio of W.C. Handy, St. Louis Blues, as young Handy himself. Preston was a prodigy on organ and piano, recording during the early '60s for Vee-Jay and touring with Little Richard. He was a loose-limbed regular on the mid-'60s ABC TV series Shindig, proving...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: 26 March 2002

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