Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Billy Preston blings up “Summertime” the way Bach would play it, the way Ray Charles would play it, and definitely the way Billy Preston would play it. (He does a phenomenal Ray Charles, by the way.)
There’s something fascinating about a big old Hammond organ center stage, where we’re used to the fire-fingered guitarist standing. When you think about it, the organist’s back is usually to the audience (as in the old movie theaters) or he’s hidden in the back of the ensemble, where his pyrotechnics can’t be a distraction from the divas up front. Worse, at the ballpark, where we don’t even see the guy at all!
Frankly I think Billy Preston got The Beatles through the “Let It Be” sessions. Without him they’d have torn each other’s skin off.