You Are So Beautiful

"You Are So Beautiful" is a song written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher. It was first recorded by Preston and made popular by Joe Cocker. Considered by many to be one of the greatest love songs written, Billy, who grew up playing the organ in church, originally wrote the lyrics about God. Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys contributed to the song's genesis, but his credit was omitted.




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