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Old Nov 23, 2003, 10:59 PM   #1
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Default Getting Naked with Billy Preston

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He's a successful artist in his own right, a prodigy who toured as a teenager with Little Richard, shared the stage with Ray Charles and the Rolling Stones, and conquered the pop and R&B charts as a solo artist. Yet Billy Preston doesn't mind it one bit when a reporter calls just to talk about the Fab Four. After all, it was Preston's brilliant keyboard work on Let It Be and Abbey Road that earned him "Fifth Beatle" status, an honor he still cherishes almost 35 years later. Though he hadn't yet listened to the Phil Spector-free Let it Be... Naked, Preston is thrilled when TV Guide Online tells him his keyboards sound even better. "It feels great that I'm being heard!" says the 57-year-old. Robin Honig

TVG: So it doesn't bother you when people only want to talk about the Beatles?
Preston: It's fine with me that people still call to talk about it. It's still important to me. [Working with them] was a great honor. I appreciate it and I am grateful for it.

TVG: So much is happening at once Let it Be... Naked, The Concert for George, The Ed Sullivan Shows Featuring the Beatles and Lennon Legend.
Preston: Yeah, you just have to get it all. (Laughs)

TVG: Do you agree with the decision to change Let it Be and remove Phil Spector's work?
Preston: I do. Everyone probably has a different approach to [the album] and hears it in different ways. There's so much there to work with, and doing different things to [the music] will make it different and interesting. Now we get to hear the other versions they recorded of the different songs.

TVG: This was essentially Paul McCartney's project. Ringo Starr gave his approval and so did George Harrison before he died. Do you think it was fair to change it without John Lennon?
Preston: Oh, I don't think it would have mattered. He was adventurous anyway, he would have tried it. He would have been for it.

TVG: You played at the Concert for George. Was that tough?
Preston: It was wonderful because a lot of old friends were there who had worked with George and it was like a homecoming. We had a great Thanksgiving dinner at his house and his spirit was there with us, it was a wonderful kind of fellowship.

TVG: Was there any sadness?
Preston: I cried when I saw the film. There were certain moments, looking at his picture and hearing those songs. Paul and Ringo, too, we were all crying, we all shed tears.

TVG: What was your most important musical contribution to the Beatles?
Preston: Actually, I'd say it was a spiritual contribution. At the time [during the recording of Let it Be] they were unhappy. They said that when I came, I kind of gave them a lift. They got together, settled down, stopped arguing and had fun for a change. That was the best part for me.
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Thanks Shy, as always..

Great story from Billy.

Love that about the thanksgiving dinner, must have been awesome at Friar Park.

But the best part is this, he says it so well and it's also in the Naked interviews I believe, coming from George;

TVG: What was your most important musical contribution to the Beatles?
Preston: Actually, I'd say it was a spiritual contribution. At the time [during the recording of Let it Be] they were unhappy. They said that when I came, I kind of gave them a lift. They got together, settled down, stopped arguing and had fun for a change. That was the best part for me.
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Old Nov 24, 2003, 04:14 PM   #3
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Thanks, Billy!
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