Billy Preston

1946 - 2006

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William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American keyboardist, singer and songwriter whose work encompassed R&B, rock, soul, funk, and gospel. Preston was a top session keyboardist in the 1960s, backing Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, the Everly Brothers, Reverend James Cleveland, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. He gained attention as a solo artist with hit singles "That's the Way God Planned It", the Grammy-winning "Outa-Space", "Will It Go Round in Circles", "Space Race", "Nothing from Nothing", and "With You I'm Born Again". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Billy Preston has received more than 5,040,845 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Billy Preston is the 343rd most popular singer (down from 314th in 2019), the 1,988th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,984th in 2019) and the 108th most popular American Singer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 5.0M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 57.88

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 41

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.32

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.60

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among singers, Billy Preston ranks 343 out of 4,381Before him are Eric Adams, Kiri Te Kanawa, Christina Aguilera, Heino, Joe Lynn Turner, and Gene Vincent. After him are Galina Vishnevskaya, Omara Portuondo, Liz Mitchell, Eartha Kitt, Nina Matviienko, and Rubén Blades.

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Among people born in 1946, Billy Preston ranks 142Before him are George Young, Nicole Garcia, François Bozizé, Rebiya Kadeer, Paul Schrader, and Anthony Daniels. After him are Candice Bergen, Héctor Yazalde, Clemente Domínguez y Gómez, Jochen Mass, Suzanne Somers, and Toktar Aubakirov. Among people deceased in 2006, Billy Preston ranks 81Before him are Shin Sang-ok, Dürrüşehvar Sultan, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Milan Babić, and Lillian Asplund. After him are John Money, Tina Aumont, María Capovilla, Pietro Rava, Jack Warden, and Anna Moffo.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Billy Preston ranks 1,988 out of 20,380Before him are John Carradine (1906), Philip José Farmer (1918), Joe Lynn Turner (1951), Bill Paxton (1955), Amber Heard (1986), and Gene Vincent (1935). After him are Andie MacDowell (1958), Randy Schekman (1948), Candice Bergen (1946), Frank Borzage (1894), Samuel Adams (1722), and Hubert Humphrey (1911).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Billy Preston ranks 108Before him are Hank Williams (1923), Connie Francis (1938), Eric Adams (1952), Christina Aguilera (1980), Joe Lynn Turner (1951), and Gene Vincent (1935). After him are Eartha Kitt (1927), Solomon Burke (1936), Pinetop Perkins (1913), Linda Ronstadt (1946), Toby Keith (1961), and Steve Perry (1949).