By 1971 Billy Preston had parted ways with Apple Records and signed with A&M. I Wrote A Simple Song, his third vocal album, was produced by Quincy Jones and took his gospel-rock into funkier territories. Its sound is all virtuoso piano and organ, soulful vocals, funky horns and gospel backing singers, and is generally seen as one of his greatest albums. It includes two of his best-known songs, the title track (which features his old friend George Harrison on slide guitar) and the Grammy-winning instrumental "Outa-Space", which made it to #2 on the pop charts (and all the way to #1 on the R&B charts). Also features versions of "My Country 'Tis Of Thee" and "Swing Down Chariot".
Encouraging Words (1970) <|> Music Is My Life (1972)
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