Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music

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Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music
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Studio album by
Released21 September 1973
RecordedMarch–May 1973 at A&M Studios, Hollywood
GenreSoul, rock
ProducerBilly Preston
Billy Preston chronology
Music Is My Life
Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music
Live European Tour

Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music is the eighth studio album by American musician Billy Preston. It was released in September 1973 on A&M Records.

Songs and musical style[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Record Collector3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide2/5 stars[3]

The album includes the instrumental "Space Race", which was released as a single and was a sequel of sorts to Preston's 1971 hit "Outa-Space". The instrumental proved popular enough that the musical variety show American Bandstand used it as the song for its mid-broadcast break from the mid-1970s until the show completed its run in 1989. The album also features of cover of Bob Dylan's "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)". "How Long Has the Train Been Gone" was released as a single, as was "You're So Unique" the following year.

"Do You Love Me" was the basis for the Rolling Stones' "Melody" on their 1976 Black and Blue album, and on that album the track is given the credit "inspiration by Billy Preston".

Stylistically, the album covers many types of music including soul, rock, gospel, jazz, R&B and even classical. As such, it is perhaps Preston's most musically diverse record.

The song "Space Race" was featured on the BBC's The Old Grey Whistle Test on 30 October 1973.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Billy Preston, except where noted.

Side One

  1. "Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music" – 1:08
  2. "You're So Unique" – 3:13
  3. "How Long Has the Train Been Gone" (Preston, Bruce Fisher) – 2:25
  4. "My Soul is a Witness" (Preston, Joe Greene) – 2:47
  5. "Sunday Morning" (Preston, Fisher) – 1:41
  6. "You've Got Me For Company" (Preston, Fisher) – 2:09
  7. "Listen to the Wind" (Preston, Fisher) – 3:04

Side Two

  1. "Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music (reprise)" – 0:18
  2. "Space Race" – 3:23
  3. "Do You Love Me?" (Preston, Fisher) – 2:48
  4. "I'm So Tired" (Preston, Fisher) – 4:16
  5. "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" (Bob Dylan) – 3:39
  6. "Minuet For Me" – 2:05


  • Billy Preston – vocals, keyboards, bass guitar, producer
  • David T. Walker – guitar
  • Dennis Coates – banjo
  • Hubert Heard, Kenneth Lupper – keyboards
  • Choir of Divine Guidance Youth Choir, directed by Rodena Fairley
  • Paul Riser – string & horn arrangements
  • Clarence McDonald – arrangement on "My Soul is a Witness"
  • Manuel Kellough - drums
  • Tommy Vicari - engineer
  • Robert Young - art director


Year Album Chart positions[4]
1973 Everybody Likes Some Kind Of Music 52 3


Year Single Chart positions[5]
1973 "Space Race" 4 1
1974 "You're So Unique" 48 11


  1. ^ Valdivia, Victor W. "Billy Preston Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music". AllMusic. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  2. ^ Staunton, Terry (May 2011). "Billy Preston Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music". Record Collector. p. 94. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  3. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (eds) (1983). The Rolling Stone Record Guide (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Random House/Rolling Stone Press. p. 398. ISBN 0-394-72107-1.
  4. ^ "Billy Preston US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-04.
  5. ^ "Billy Preston US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-04.

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