I’M YOUNGER THAN THAT NOW

If you attended the “Farm Aid 2” show outside of Buffalo, New York, the probability is very high that you are currently older than the musicians were on July 4, 1986:

Bob Dylan, for example, was forty-five on the day of the show.  Young whippersnapper Tom Petty’s energetic strumming was no doubt aided by his sparse thirty-five years.

Jerry Garcia, who died in 1995, was almost forty-four.

On this note, I think it’d be appropriate if we mentioned some other musicians who have passed since that day…

Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland:

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Heartbreakers bassist Howie Epstein:

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Rest in Peace, and thanks for the memories…

And also:  as a reference point in time, here are some highlights from 1956, which was thirty years prior to the Farm Aid II date:

  • Elvis Presley hit the scene.
  • Boxer Rocky Marciano retires.
  • Pakistan becomes the first Islamic state.
  • Television broadcasting commences in Australia.
  • DeMille’s The Ten Commandments starring Charlton Heston gets released.
  • Soviet Red Army troops invade Hungary.
  • Bob Barker makes his TV debut as host of Truth or Consequences.
  • The underwater, trans-Atlantic telephone cable is opened.
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