Nothing from Nothing (Billy Preston song)

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"Nothing from Nothing"
Single by Billy Preston
from the album The Kids & Me
B-side "My Soul Is a Witness"
Released August 5, 1974 (August 5, 1974)
Genre Soul, ragtime
Length 2:38
Label A&M
Producer(s) Billy Preston
Certification Gold
Billy Preston singles chronology
"You're So Unique"
"Nothing from Nothing"

"Nothing from Nothing" is a song written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher and recorded by Billy Preston for his 1974 album The Kids & Me. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week in October 1974, becoming Preston's second solo chart-topper in the United States (following his 1973 hit "Will It Go Round in Circles").[1] It spent four and a half months on the chart.

Preston performed "Nothing from Nothing" later on Saturday Night Live - the first musical performance ever on the show. The song was also used in a Chevrolet commercial, and prominently featured in the 2008 film Be Kind Rewind.

Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (1992). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits - revised & enlarged. New York: Billboard Books. p. 139. ISBN 0-8230-8298-9. 
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  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 197. 
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  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1974/Top 100 Songs of 1974". Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
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Preceded by
"I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
October 19, 1974 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Then Came You" by Dionne Warwick and The Spinners