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button.gif (123 bytes) September 9, 1946 - June 6, 2006
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 2

 
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1980...# 83 Singles Artist of the Year
Billy Preston - "With You I'm Born Again" (Single) In March, Preston hit the Top 40 with Syreeta with "With You I'm Born Again." In April, Preston hit the Top 10 with Syreeta with "With You I'm Born Again."
from the LP
Late At Night
ARC chart run: 38 - 33 - 28 - 24 - 16 - 11 - 6 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 6 - 10 - 29 - 39 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 36
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Billy Preston1997... In November, Preston was in jail serving a 3-year prison term for bail violation. Preston was placed on a 5-year probation after pleading no-contest to assault with a deadly weapon and cocaine possession in 1992. This past March, 51-year-old Preston tested positive for cocaine, thus initiating his current jail term. Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Kamins told Preston: "We've got enough famous people 6 feet under the ground. We don't need to add another one." Preston is best known for his hits "Nothing From Nothing" and "Will It Go Round In Circles" from the early 70s, and his duet with Syreeta, "With You I'm Born Again" from 1980. Preston also worked with the Beatles on "Get Back" and "Don't Let Me Down."

1998... While Preston serves a prison term for violating probation for possession of cocaine, he's also been indicted for filing false insurance claims. Preston and 5 others were indicted for allegedly collecting over $1 million by staging burglaries, fires, and auto accidents since 1991. In December, Preston pleaded guilty to the charges and agreed to testify against the other defendants.

Billy Preston - Late At Night2001... In May, Preston was hospitalized with kidney disease.

2006..In January it was reported that Preston was recovering from a heart infection. On June 6, Preston died at the age of 59.

2007..In February, Preston was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance ("You Are So Beautiful" with Sam Moore, Zucchero, Eric Clapton and Robert Randolph).

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