More sad news: Billy Preston has passed away at age 59.
As someone who reveres not only the Beatles, for whom he played some of the most magnificent solos in their later years as a group (esp. on "Don't Let Me Down") but the Stones (with whom he recorded and toured for several years) as well, his place in music history will always be secure. His solo work was often excellent as well, especially the string of hit singles he had in the 70's like "Outa Space" and "Will It Go 'Round in Circles".
RIP, Mr. Preston.
Geez, I used to do birthdays, now it seems all I do is death notices. I'm sure Red Kelly will have something good later, and I'll link to it when he does.