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  • Tupac, Willie Nelson, Little Richard, R.E.M. Inducted into Library of Congress' National Recordings Registry

    Thu, 24 Jun 2010 10:00:36

    Tupac, Willie Nelson, Little Richard, R.E.M. Inducted into Library of Congress' National Recordings Registry - The NRR preserves songs

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    Recordings by the diverse likes of Tupac Shakur, Little Richard, Willie Nelson, R.E.M. and the original cast recording of Gypsy are among 25 inductees for the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. Songs selected to be preserved by the Library of Congress have several criteria, including that the work be "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and be at least 10 years old. Nominations were gathered from online submissions from the public and from members of the National Recording Preservation Board.

    According to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, the Library of Congress' Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. will preserve and maintain these recordings and henceforward make them available to the American public. There are now 300 recordings in the National Recording Registry.

    Do you like these selections? Other selections included Billy Cosby, John Hurt and Howlin' Wolf, too. The complete list is below.

    1. Fon der Choope (From the Wedding) - Abe Elenkrig's Yidishe Orchestra (April 4, 1913)
    2. "Canal Street Blues," King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band (April 5, 1923)
    3. "Tristan und Isolde," Metropolitan Opera, featuring Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior, NBC Broadcast (March 9, 1935)
    4. "When You Wish Upon a Star," Cliff Edwards (recorded 1938; released 1940)
    5. "America's Town Meeting of the Air: Should Our Ships Convoy Materials to England?" (May 8, 1941)
    6. The Library of Congress Marine Corps Combat Field Recording Collection, Second Battle of Guam (July 20 - August 11, 1944)
    7. "Evangeline Special" and "Love Bridge Waltz," Iry LeJeune (1948)
    8. "The Little Engine That Could," narrated by Paul Wing (1949)
    9. Leon Metcalf Collection of recordings of the First People of Western Washington State (1950-1954)
    10. "Tutti Frutti," Little Richard (1955)
    11. "Smokestack Lightning," Howlin' Wolf (1956)
    12. "Gypsy," original cast recording (1959)
    13. The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, Bill Evans Trio (June 25, 1961)
    14. "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)," Max Mathews (1961)
    15. "I Started Out As a Child," Bill Cosby (1964)
    16. "Azucar Pa Ti," Eddie Palmieri (1965)
    17. "Today!," "Mississippi" John Hurt (1966)
    18. "Silver Apples of the Moon," Morton Subotnick (1967)
    19. "Soul Folk in Action," The Staple Singers (1968)
    20. "The Band," The Band (1969)
    21. "Coal Miner's Daughter," Loretta Lynn (1970)
    22. "Red Headed Stranger," Willie Nelson (1975)v 23. "Horses," Patti Smith (1975)
    24. "Radio Free Europe," R.E.M. (1981)
    25. "Dear Mama," Tupac Shakur (1995)

    What's your favorite song of the last 10 years?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    06.24.10




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