In 1973, the early sounds of disco came to the top of the pop charts with Will It Go Round in Circles by Billy Preston.
Starting his career as a keyboard player in the 1960s for well-known performers such as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Little Richard and The Beatles, Preston’s seventh solo album led him chart success.
Recorded in 1971 and 1972, Music is My Life was Preston’s seventh studio album, and his lead single Will It Go Round in Circles, was released in March 1973 by A&M Records, with the B side his cover of The Beatles “Blackbird”.
Written by Preston and Bruce Fisher, the funk soul song was a chart climber, and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1973.
Selling over a million copies, Preston was the king of North America, hitting number one on Canada’s charts too.
This would be the first of his two number one hits on the Billboard charts, as well as would lead to collaborations with George Harrison and Joe Cocker, co-writing You Are So Beautiful.
Preston continued to released solo albums, appeared on albums and toured with Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones in the 1970s.