On this day: September 2

Published On: Aug 22 2013 10:51:05 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 02 2016 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 celebrates its opening with a star-studded jam, all on this day.

OTD September 2 - Billy Preston
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David Hume Kennerly [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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. Preston, seen here during a 1974 visit to the White House, died at age 59 on June 6, 2006, of complications of malignant hypertension that resulted in kidney failure and other complications.

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