Billy Preston sadly died aged 59 earlier this week. He was of course famous for his work with the Beatles and Stones but it is solo material and session work with Sly Stone and Aretha that is closest to my heart.
If you don't have a copy of Billy's Bag do yourself a favour and get one double quick, Hammond craziness at it's best and dancefloor dynamite too boot. Most Exciting Organ Ever released in 65 and Wildest Organ in Town! from 66 are both cracking albums and well worth checking out. There's an excellent compilation of Billy's sixties material also called Billy's Bag that I can thoroughly recommend.
The BBC has an obituary on their site
Monday, February 06, 2006
We have taken a few months off from spinning soulful sounds to regroup, refresh and relax. We have no confirmed date for the next Hip Huggin’ but hope that it will be sometime in early Spring. I’ve been busy buying up rarities on eBay and I plan to write a few pieces for here on some of the more interesting ones in the next few weeks.