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Billy Preston

1946 - 2006

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William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American musician, whose work encompassed R&B, rock, soul, funk, and gospel. Preston was a top session keyboardist in the 1960s, during which he backed artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Everly Brothers, Reverend James Cleveland, The Rolling Stones, and the Beatles. He went on to achieve fame as a solo artist with hit singles such as "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 2,663,739 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Billy Preston is the 413th most popular singer (up from 555th in 2019), the 2,546th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,150th in 2019) and the 131st most popular American Singer.

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  • 65.42

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  • 35

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.47

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.19

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among SINGERS

Among singers, Billy Preston ranks 413 out of 3,541Before him are Tracy Chapman, Zeynab Khanlarova, Raina Kabaivanska, Malcolm McLaren, Salomé, and Paul Robeson. After him are Natalie Cole, Taylor Swift, Zdravko Čolić, Freddy Quinn, Thalía, and Lara Fabian.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1946, Billy Preston ranks 150Before him are Héctor Yazalde, Duane Allman, Joop Zoetemelk, Richard Axel, Malcolm McLaren, and Riccardo Cocciante. After him are Lucien Van Impe, Pēteris Vasks, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Claire Denis, Linda Ronstadt, and Toktar Aubakirov. Among people deceased in 2006, Billy Preston ranks 99Before him are Ferenc Bene, Coretta Scott King, John Profumo, Prince George William of Hanover, Silva Kaputikyan, and Peter Norman. After him are Peter Boyle, Óscar Míguez, John Money, Joe Rosenthal, June Allyson, and Tina Aumont.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Billy Preston ranks 2,546 out of 15,968Before him are Neil Postman (1931), Henry Silva (1928), Philip Sheridan (1831), Bill Gates Sr. (1925), Margaret Fuller (1810), and Jo Van Fleet (1915). After him are John L. Sullivan (1858), Kate Millett (1934), Amber Heard (1986), Captain Beefheart (1941), Wendy Carlos (1939), and Don Walsh (1931).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Billy Preston ranks 131Before him are Marc Anthony (1968), Janet Jackson (1966), Percy Sledge (1941), Harry Nilsson (1941), Tracy Chapman (1964), and Paul Robeson (1898). After him are Natalie Cole (1950), Taylor Swift (1989), Linda Ronstadt (1946), Randy Newman (1943), Howlin' Wolf (1910), and Steve Perry (1949).