Today’s Spiritual Sunday song comes at the hands (voice and even feet) of one of the few individuals who were known as “the Fifth Beatle”: Billy Preston. Preston originally recorded the single and album “That’s the Way God Planned it” in 1969 for Apple Records.
The album was produced by George Harrison and included a star-studded cast of session musicians that included Preston on keyboards and vocals; Harrison and Eric Clapton on guitars; Keith Richards on bass; Ginger Baker on Drums; and Doris Troy on backing vocals. Today’s cut comes from another star-studded cast that includes Harrison and Clapton, 1971’s “Concert for Bangladesh.”
By the way, Preston’s moniker as the “Fifth Beatle” was afforded him as the credits on the “Get Back” single reads “The Beatles with Billy Preston.” And all of these years you thought Murray the K was the “Fifth Beatle.”