Billy Preston wrote this song with two other writers, and he was the first to record it and release it, just before Joe Cocker covered and released it slightly later in the same year and was credited for making the song famous. This recording by Billy Preston is such a beautiful heartfelt authentic recording. It was the 6th track on Billy's 11th record, The Kids & I, released in 1974.
It was such a cool thing to film Billy Preston live, performing at the China Club pro jams in the 1990's, where I was the exclusive videographer. I have some dope ass footage. The dude was full of rare energy that always brought the room to higher life. Will post at some point. Stay tuned.
Peace Love Groove,
There is some great information about Billy Preston on a Wikipedia page devoted to his life. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Preston