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Holly's Buddies
Buddy Holly (far right) with his group The Crickets, Jerry Allison and Joe Mauldin. (Keystone/Getty Images)

2/2/1959 (58 years ago today) - Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson Jr.) all appeared at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. It was the last ever gig for all three acts: the airplane they were flying in tragically crashed and burned the very next day.

2/2/1976 (41 years ago today) - [By the way, how can this be over 40 years old?] Genesis release "A Trick Of The Tail", their seventh studio album and the first to feature future Motown-wannabe Phil Collins as lead vocalist following the departure of founding member/front-man Peter Gabriel. No small task, but the band was well up for it: both critics and fans were impressed by the improved sound quality and their ability to survive the loss of a talent like Gabriel without sacrificing the quality of the music. Specifically, it was Phil Collins vocal performance on the magnificent "Squonk" that led to his singing lead for the entire album. One of the best Genesis LP's, no doubt...

2/2/1942 - He was live in the WBLM studios here with then-buddy David Crosby for a "Rockline" show back in the day, then last year he was a special guest on-the-air in the Blimp cockpit studio for Record Store Day -- Happy Birthday to Graham Nash, 75 years old today. Graham got quite excited (and was really happy) when we played The Hollies' "King Midas In Reverse" while he was on with us that morning -- great moment, nice guy.

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