With You I'm Born Again

Album: Billy Preston & Syreeta (1980)
Charted: 2 4

Songfacts®:

  • This was the last Top 10 charting hit of Billy Preston's prolific career. He was active in music from the 1950s into the 2000s, and was then stopped only when he lost his battle with kidney disease. This song (and the entire album) was done in duet with Syreeta Wright, a soul and R&B singer best known for working with and being married to Stevie Wonder. Wright was married three times and each marriage was short. While Preston and Wright never married, you can hear chemistry in every lyric of this song.
  • Songwriting credits here go to singer Carol Connors and songwriter/composer David Shire; Shire also had a hand in the scores to the films Saturday Night Fever and Return to Oz. As for Connors, she was in the group The Teddy Bears, which also included Phil Spector (busy man, wasn't he?), and co-wrote the theme to the 1976 film Rocky and several songs from Disney's the Rescuers film series.
  • "With You I'm Born Again" was written specifically for the film Fast Break, a very routine sports-comedy film at the tail end of the '70s from producer Stephen J. Friedman, who made a name for himself in comedy flicks, especially sports-related ones. Today, the song is the most notable thing people remember about the film, which tells you something.
  • A bit of trivia about the singers: Syreeta Wright was born and raised a Baptist, but apparently dropped it by the time she moved to Ethiopia to teach transcendental meditation, and then finally she converted to Islam. Billy Preston is also known for his work with the Beatles. His honors on that account extend to being called one of the "fifth Beatles," and being the title character in the unfortunate, delightfully horrible 1978 film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. So this hit followed that film's release, showing that not even Hollywood's biggest turkey in the film musical category can't keep a good man down.

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1979 {April 7th} Billy Preston & Syreeta performed "With You I'm Born Again" and "Go For It"* on the nationally syndicated television program, 'Soul Train'...
    Both songs were featured in the Gabe Kaplan movie 'Fast Break', the film had it's world premier in New York City on March 2nd, 1979...
    "With You I'm Born Again" entered Billboard's Top 100 chart at position #98 on December 2nd, 1979, nineteen weeks later on April 13th, 1980 it would peak at #4 {for 4 weeks} and it spent over a half-year on the Top 100 {29 weeks}...
    And on January 13th, 1980 "With You I'm Born Again" peaked at #2 {for 2 weeks} on the United Kingdom's Singles chart, for the two weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "Brass In Pocket" by the Pretenders...
    The duo of Billy Preston & Syreeta had one other Top 100 record, "One More Time For Love", it reached #52 {for 2 weeks} on July 13th, 1980 and stayed on the chart for ten weeks...
    Sadly, both Billy and Syreeta passed way at a young age; Mr. Preston at the age of 59 on June 6th, 2006 and Ms. Wright at the aged of 57 on July 6th, 2004...
    May they both and Don Cornelius {1936 - 2012} R.I.P.
    * "Go For It" was used as the theme song for the movie 'Fast Break'...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 15, 1980, Billy Preston and Syreeta were guests on the syndicated television program 'The Merv Griffin Show'...
    At the time the duo's "One More Time For Love" was in it's first of two weeks at #52 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and that was also it's peak position on the chart, it spent 10 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #72 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
    The duo had one other Top 100 record, "With You I'm Born Again", it peaked at #4 on the Top 100 and on April 6th, 1980 it reached #2 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, the week it was at #2, the #1 record for that week was"Lost In Love" by Air Supply...
    Sadly, both Billy and Syreeta passed way at a young age; Mr. Preston at the age of 59 on June 6th, 2006 and Ms. Wright at the aged of 57 on July 6th, 2004...
    May they both R.I.P.
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