On this day: September 2

Published On: Aug 22 2013 10:51:05 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 02 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

London burns, Atlanta falls to Union forces, Japan surrenders to end World War II, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens with a star-studded jam, all on this day.

OTD September 2 - Billy Preston
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1946: Singer-songwriter, musician and actor Billy Preston is born in Houston, Texas. Preston first became famous as a session musician, working with artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and The Beatles, even sharing credit with the Fab Four on the single "Get Back." He later found success as a solo artist in the 1970s with the hit singles "Outa-Space," "Space Race," "Will It Go Round in Circles" and "Nothing from Nothing." Preston was also co-author, with The Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson, of "You Are So Beautiful," recorded by Preston and later a No. 5 hit for Joe Cocker.

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