Thursday, March 31, 2016


I was aware that the Library of Congress inducted films in to a registry for preservation but I really didn't know they did the same for recordings. Since 2002, they have selected sound recordings that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important that informs or reflect life in the United States. The twenty-five selected this year feature a wide range of music, commentaries, radio programs, comedy albums and speeches. To date, there have been 450 recordings placed in the National Recording Registry.

Here is the complete list of the twenty-five recordings being inducted in 2016:

Let Me Call You Sweetheart” — Columbia Quartette (The Peerless Quartet) (1911)
Wild Cat Blues” — Clarence Williams’ Blue Five (1923)
Statesboro Blues” — Blind Willie McTell (1928)

Bonaparte’s Retreat” — W.H. Stepp (1937)
Episode: “Decoration Day” — Vic and Sade (June 4, 1937)
"Mahler’s Symphony No. 9" — Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, (conducted by Bruno Walter) (1938)
"Carousel of American Music" — George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Arthur Freed, Shelton Brooks, Hoagy Carmichael, others (Sept. 24, 1940)
"The Marshall Plan Speech" — George C. Marshall (June 5, 1947)
Destination Freedom — Episodes “A Garage in Gainesville” and “Execution Awaited” (Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, 1949)
"A Streetcar Named Desire" Original Soundtrack — (Alex North, composer) (1951)
Cry Me a River” (single) — Julie London (1955)

Mack the Knife” (singles) — Louis Armstrong (1956) and Bobby Darin (1959)

"Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-Point Game, Fourth-Quarter Coverage (Philadelphia Warriors vs. New York Knicks)" — Bill Campbell, announcer (March 2, 1962)
A Love Supreme” — John Coltrane (1964)
"It’s My Way" — Buffy Sainte-Marie (1964)
Where Did Our Love Go” (single) — The Supremes (1964)

People Get Ready” (single) — The Impressions (1965)

Mama Tried” (single) — Merle Haggard (1968)

"Abraxas" — Santana (1970)
"Class Clown" — George Carlin (1972)

"Robert and Clara Schumann Complete Piano Trios" — The Beaux Arts Trio (1972)
Piano Man” (single) — Billy Joel (1973)
"Bogalusa Boogie" — Clifton Chenier (1976)
I Will Survive” (single) — Gloria Gaynor (1978)
"Master of Puppets" — Metallica (1986)


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