1981 Billy Preston – The Way I Am

The Way I Am is the fourteenth studio album by Billy Preston, released in 1981. The song The Way I Am was written by David Paich and arranged by Marty Paich.

William Everett “Billy” Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006)  was an American musician whose work included R&B, rock, soul, funk and gospel. Preston became famous first as a session musician with artists including Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and The Beatles, and was later successful as a solo artist with hit pop singles including “Outa-Space”, its sequel, “Space Race”, “Will It Go Round in Circles” and “Nothing from Nothing”, and a string of albums and guest appearances with Eric Clapton, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others. In addition, Preston was co-author, with The Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson, of “You Are So Beautiful,” recorded by Preston and later a #5 hit for Joe Cocker.

Alongside Tony Sheridan, Billy Preston was the only other musician to be credited on a Beatles recording: the artists on the number-one hit “Get Back” are given as “The Beatles with Billy Preston”. Since Sheridan was labelled alongside “The Beat Brothers”, Preston is, strictly speaking, the only artist to be labelled explicitly with “The Beatles”. Stephen Stills asked Preston if he could use Preston’s phrase “if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with” and created the hit song.


1  Hope (Bob Esty, Paul Jabara) 5:18
2  Good Life Boogie (Billy Preston) 4:16
3  Keep On Truckin’ (Frank Wilson, Leonard Caston Jr, Anita Poree) 4:24
4  A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke) 3:56
5  Lay Your Feelings On Me (Kay Lewis, Helen Lewis) 4:20
6  I Won’t Mistreat Your Love (Billy Preston, Bruce Fisher) 1:05
7  Baby I’m Yours (Van McCoy) 3:17
8  Until Then (Billy Preston, Jesse Kirkland, Joe Greene) 3:36
9  The Way I Am (David Paich) 4:58



Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Bass David Hungate
Bass Ed Watkins
Bass Fred Washington
Bass Les Hurdle
Bass Marvin Charlot
Bass Nathan East
Bass Nate Watt
Bass Reginald McBride
Drums James Gadson
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Drums Ollie E. Brown
Drums Rick Shlosser
Guitar Art Wright
Guitar Charles Fearing
Guitar David T. Walker
Guitar Greg Poree
Guitar Marlo Henderson
Guitar Melvin Ragin
Guitar Paul Jackson
Guitar Red Rhodes
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Trevor Veitch
Keyboards Billie Preston
Keyboards David Paich
Keyboards David Shire
Keyboards Mike Lang
Keyboards Reginald Burke
Keyboards Williams Bryant
Synthesizer David Budimir
Percussion Gary Coleman
Percussion Joe Clayton
Percussion Melvin Webb
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Background Vocals Jese Kirkland
Background Vocals Joe Greene
Background Vocals Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals Luther Waters
Background Vocals Maxine Willard Waters
Background Vocals Michael Reed
Background Vocals Mona Lisa Young
Background Vocals Oma Drake
Background Vocals Oren Waters
Background Vocals Stephanie Spruill
Background Vocals Syreeta
Background Vocals Terry Young

Liner Notes

Producer – Paul Jabara (Track 1)
Producer – Bob Esty (Track 1)
Producer – Billy Preston (Tracks 2, 4, 7, 8, 9)
Producer – Hal Davis (Track 3)
Producer – Arthur Wright (Track 3)
Producer – Marty Paich (Tracks 4, 9)
Producer – Berry Gordy (Track 5)
Producer – David Shire (Track 7)
Producer – David Paich (Track 9)
Co-producer (Associate Producer) – Arthur Wright, Hal Davis, Russ Terrana (Tracks 2, 6)
Co-producer – Suzee Ikeda (Track 5)
Co-producer (Associate Producer) – Russ Terrana (Track 8)
Executive Producer – Suzanne De Passe Le Mat, Tony Jones
Arranged By – Bob Esty (Track 1)
Arranged By – David Blumberg (Tracks 2, 6, 7)
Arranged By – Arthur Wright (Track 3)
Arranged By – Marty Paich (Tracks 4, 9)
Arranged By – Gene Page (Track 5)
Arranged By – Billy Preston (Track 8)
Engineer – Allen Sides, Guy Costa, Jane Clark, Joe Robb, Kevin Wright, Russ Terrana
Mastered By – John Matousek, Russ Terrana

Photography By – Harry Langdon

Manufactured By – EMI Records Ltd.
Distributed By – EMI Records Ltd.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Motown Record Corporation
Printed By – Garrod & Lofthouse
Recorded At – Motown Recording Studios
Recorded At – Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At – NSP Studios
Recorded At – Cherokee Studios
Mixed At – Motown Recording Studios
Mixed At – Ocean Way Recording
Mixed At – NSP Studios
Mixed At – Cherokee Studios
Mastered At – Motown Recording Studios