Who was playing with Billy Preston in 1981 ?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by jshinal, Jun 28, 2018.

  1. jshinal


    May 28, 2013
    Raleigh, NC
    From a show in the Netherlands (?), there are some youtube clips showing a talented bassist named only as "Keith." Does anyone recognize him ?

  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Ya man, that's Keith.


    Seriously, don't know who he is but he smokes.
  3. jshinal


    May 28, 2013
    Raleigh, NC
    And his IS a big guy to wear a Gibson bass so lightly. :bassist:
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  4. IamGroot

    IamGroot Inactive

    Jan 18, 2018
    Searched the internet at several locations and came up empty handing.

    Billie did had a very disturbing personal life. Billy Preston - Wikipedia
  5. That would be James Manning
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  7. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
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  8. Tdawgeh


    Sep 25, 2018
    I saw Billy Preston live in concert in the summer of 1980 at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. He was on tour with Syreeta at the time. It was an awesome show. As a young aspiring bassplayer myself, I'll never forget Billy's bassplayer at that show. He was absolutely on fire and the most amazing slap player and funk bassist I'd ever seen, on par with Louis Johnson.
    Through the years, though now a distant memory, I've often wondered, "Who was that bass player?" I've never been able to find any information about him.
    For the record, it was not the player shown in the clips above. Someone who was on that tour who's still alive would know the lineup for the Billy Preston/Syreeta Tour in 1980.
    I remember this bassist being slim, maybe a small loose fro, and he was dancing and doing 360s like Michael Jackson while he was playing -- just amazing. I believe he had a bass solo and that's when he was also dancing. I also remember his gear. He was playing a Peavey T-40 bass through a rack system, I believe a Crown amplifier through a two 15" cabinet. He was just an amazing showman and gifted player, one of the top players I've ever witnessed, famous or otherwise.