Billy Preston, the songwriter and keyboard prodigy whose soulful playing graced records by Little Richard, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, died in Arizona yesterday aged 59.
He had been in a coma since November, when years of drug use caught up with him and he suffered kidney failure.
Although Preston played with the likes of Mahalia Jackson and Ray Charles while still a teenager, he was best known for the work he did with the Beatles in 1969, just as the band was beginning to disintegrate. He played on both sides of the "Get Back/Don't Let Me Down" single, and became the only musician to be rewarded by the band with a co-credit on the label.
Source: Shenzhen Daily/Agencies