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Pop singer David Bowie prepares to do some mileage with British Rail.
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April 14th

1967David Bowie releases his novelty single “The Laughing Gnome.” Using music hall stylings and a sped-up voice, the song becomes a hit only in 1983.

1976 – While Bay City Rollers song “Money Honey” rides high on the American charts, the band’s Eric Faulkner accidentally overdoses on medication at manager Tam Paton’s house. He later recovers.

1980 – A resolution is introduced in the New Jersey Assembly to make Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” the official state song. The resolution fails to be passed.

2009 – Former Beatle George Harrison was honoured with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Sir Paul McCartney attended the unveiling outside the landmark Capitol Records building, joining Harrison’s widow Olivia and son Dhani. Eric Idle, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and musician Tom Petty also attended the ceremony.

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