The Library of Congress has announced 25 recordings including a 'Sesame Street' compilation to be added the registry this year for preservation.
AceShowbiz - The recordings selected to be added to National Recording Registry this year are revealed. Radiohead's 1997 seminal album "OK Computer", Lauryn Hill's 1998 solo debut LP "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill", Steve Martin's 1978 comedy album "A Wild And Crazy Guy", and The Doors' 1967 eponymous record are among the list.
The U.S. Library of Congress is also preserving 1995's "Sesame Street: All-Time Platinum Favorites" album, The Righteous Brothers' 1964 single "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' ", and Ben E. King's 1961 song "Stand by Me". There are 25 works in this year's selection, bringing the number of works in the registry to 425.
"Congress understood the importance of protecting America's aural patrimony when it passed the National Recording Preservation Act 15 years ago," said Librarian of Congress James Billington. "By preserving these recordings, we safeguard the words, sounds and music that embody who we are as a people and a nation."
Steve Martin, meanwhile, joked about the addition of his album to the registry, "I could not be more proud of this honor. This means the record was probably funny."
- Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings at University of California at Santa Barbara Library (c. 1890-1910)
- The Benjamin Ives Gilman Collection, recorded at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago (1893)
- "The Boys of the Lough" / "The Humours of Ennistymon" (single) - Michael Coleman (1922)
- "Black Snake Moan"/ "Match Box Blues"(single) - Blind Lemon Jefferson (1928)
- "Sorry, Wrong Number" (episode of "Suspense" radio series, May 25, 1943)
- "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" (single) - Johnny Mercer (1944)
- Radio Coverage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Funeral - Arthur Godfrey, et al. (April 14, 1945)
- "Kiss Me, Kate" (original cast album, 1949)
- "John Brown's Body" (album) - Tyrone Power, Judith Anderson, and Raymond Massey; directed by Charles Laughton (1953)
- "My Funny Valentine" (single) - The Gerry Mulligan Quartet featuring Chet Baker (1953)
- "Sixteen Tons" (single) - Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)
- "Mary Don't You Weep" (single) - The Swan Silvertones (1959)
- "Joan Baez" (album) - Joan Baez (1960)
- "Stand by Me" (single) - Ben E. King (1961)
- "New Orleans' Sweet Emma Barrett and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band" (album) - Sweet Emma and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band (1964)
- "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' " (single) - The Righteous Brothers (1964)
- "The Doors" (album) - The Doors (1967)
- "Stand!" (album) - Sly and the Family Stone (1969)
- "Lincoln Mayorga and Distinguished Colleagues" (album) - Lincoln Mayorga (1968)
- "A Wild and Crazy Guy" (album) - Steve Martin (1978)
- "Sesame Street: All-Time Platinum Favorites" (album) - Various Artists (1995)
- "OK Computer" (album) - Radiohead (1997)
- "Songs of the Old Regular Baptists" - Various Artists (1997)
- "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" (album) - Lauryn Hill (1998)
- "Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman" (album) - Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor; Joan Tower, composer (1999)