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:


Heartbreakers bassist Howie Epstein:


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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