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Billy Preston – Outa-Space

July 23, 2009 | 1972, Male

The early 70s had a number of instrumental hits and Billy Preston had two of the biggest. The first was Outa-Space a funky song with a spacey sound which is where the title originated. The song came from an experiment with running the keyboard instrument clavinet through a wah-wah pedal.

The song appeared on his 1971 album I Wrote A Simple Song and was originally released as the B-side to the single of the same name. Preston really liked the song and wanted Outa-Space as the A-side and when DJ’s began playing the song he was proved right.

Outa-Space reached Number 2 in the early summer of 1972 while I Wrote a Simple Song peaked out of the top 40 at Number 77.

Billy Preston is also called the 5th Beatle since their 1968 hit Get Back featured him on keyboard and listed the artist as The Beatles with Billy Preston. The only other time someone other than the Beatles was listed on one of their records was before they became stars when they recorded a few songs in 1961 with Tony Sheridan.

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