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July, 10

  • 2000 Customs officials at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport seize a shipment of Kenny Chesney’s single, “I Lost It.” The CD promotion singles are assembled with a package that includes “English water.” On the cover, Chesney, dressed in a black suit and black hat, appears to be partially immersed in a pool of water.
  • 1998 Sheena Easton files for divorce from her husband of 11 months, documentary director Timothy Delarm, citing irreconcilable differences.
  • 1997 Chrissie Hynde, founder and front woman of the Pretenders is married to Colombian sculptor Lucho Brieva, in a civil ceremony at Marylebond Registry Office in London.
  • 1979 Chuck Berry is sentenced to four months in jail for income tax evasion.
  • 1979 Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler dies at the age of 84. He began his association with the Boston Pops Orchestra about 1915 as a viola player. He was conductor from 1930 until his death.
  • 1975 Premiere of “Gladys Knight & the Pips” summer series on NBC-TV.
  • 1967 Bobbie Gentry records “Ode to Billie Joe” at a Hollywood studio.
  • 1954 Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys is born in Northumberland, England. The group’s first big single is “West End Girls,” a No. 1 song in 1986.
  • 1947 Balladeer Arlo Guthrie is born in Coney Island, N.Y., the son of folk singer Woody Guthrie. His most famous song is the 18-minute Thanksgiving tale “Alice’s Restaurant.”
  • 1913 Opera Singer Ljuba Welitsch is born.