Billy Preston – Eight Days A Week (2016)

Title: Eight Days A Week
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Westmill
Genre: R&B/Soul, Funk
Quality: mp3 320 kbps
Total Time: 00:41:25
Total Size: 101 mb

01. Eight Days a Week
02. My Girl
03. Billy’s Bag
04. Steady Gettin’ It
05. I am Coming Through
06. Let me Know
07. Down Town
08. Soul Meeting
09. The Octopus
10. Slippin’ and Slidin’
11. If I had a Hammer
12. Low Down
13. Shot Gun
14. Stop! In the Name of Love
15. Can’t You Hear my Heartbeat
16. King of the Road
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 his talent as both a vocalist and pianist, and he built an enviable reputation as a session musician, even backing the Beatles on their Let It Be album. That impressive Beatles connection led to Preston’s big break as a solo artist with his own Apple album, but it was his early-’70s soul smashes “Outa-Space” and the high-flying vocal “Will It Go Round in Circles” for A&M that put Preston on the permanent musical map. Sporting a humongous Afro and an omnipresent gap-toothed grin, Preston showed that his enduring gospel roots were never far removed from his joyous approach. He continued to perform and record throughout the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s, until he fell into a coma caused by pericarditis late in 2005; sadly, he never regained consciousness and passed away on June 6, 2006.

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