Thursday, March 21, 2013

National Recording Registry Adds 25 Recordings: March 21, 2013

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Each year, the Library of Congress announces 25 recordings (albums, songs, radio broadcasts, and other sound recordings) to be added to its National Recording Registry. This year’s entrants are:

  1. “After You've Gone” Marion Harris (1918)
  2. Bacon, Beans and Limousines by Will Rogers (Oct. 18, 1931)
  3. “Begin the Beguine” Artie Shaw (1938)

    Begin the Beguine

  4. “You Are My Sunshine” by Jimmie Davis (1940)
  5. D-Day Radio Broadcast, George Hicks (June 5-6, 1944)
  6. “Just Because” by Frank Yankovic & His Yanks (1947)
  7. South Pacific cast album (1949)

  8. Descargas: Cuban Jam Session in Miniature by Israel "Cachao" Lopez Y Su Ritmo Caliente (1957)
  9. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by Van Cliburn (April 11, 1958)
  10. President's message relayed from Atlas satellite, Dwight D. Eisenhower (Dec. 19, 1958)
  11. A Program of Song by Leontyne Price (1959)
  12. The Shape of Jazz to Come by Ornette Coleman (1959)
  13. “Crossing Chilly Jordan” by The Blackwood Brothers (1960)
  14. “The Twist” by Chubby Checker (1960)

    The Twist

  15. Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley’s by Clarence Ashley, Doc Watson, et al. (1960-1962)
  16. Hoodoo Man Blues by Junior Wells (1965)
  17. Sounds of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel (1966)
  18. Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company (1968)
  19. The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd (1973)

  20. Music Time in Africa by Leo Sarkisian (July 29, 1973)
  21. Wild Tchoupitoulas by The Wild Tchoupitoulas (1976)
  22. Ramones by The Ramones (1976)
  23. Saturday Night Fever soundtrack by The Bee Gees et al (1977)

  24. Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson (1979)
  25. The Audience with Betty Carter by Betty Carter (1980)

Among this list are two songs which rank in the DMDB’s list of the Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era (“After You’ve Gone” and “Begin the Beguine”), one song which ranks in the DMDB’s list of the Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era (“The Twist”), and four albums which rank in the DMDB’s list of the Top 100 Albums of All Time (South Pacific, Dark Side of the Moon, Ramones, and Saturday Night Fever). For more information on these and other entrants in the National Recording Registry, check out the links below:

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