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

Pretson's original version first appeared on his 1974 album The Kids in Me and as the B-side on the 45rpm pressing of his pop hit , "Struttin". Cocker's producer Jim Price, created a slowed-down arrangement for Cocker's version, which first appeared on the album, I Can Stand a Little Rain (released later in 1974). Released as a single, the Joe Cocker version reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1975 and helped the album become a hit. It would be his biggest hit until his duet with Jennifer Warnes, "Up Where We Belong", which reached #1 in 1982.

In 1982, Kenny Loggins covered a song from his 1982 album High Adventure. It was released as a single in June 12, 1983 and reached the six chart on the Billboard Hot 100 and two chart on the Adult Contemporary.


  • Kenny Loggins – vocals
  • David Foster – piano
  • Marty Paich – strings arrangement

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