"The National Recording Registry honors the music that enriches our souls, the voices that tell our stories and the sounds that reflect our lives," said Congress librarian Carla Hayden in a statement. "The influence of recorded sound throughout its nearly 160-year history is profound and technology has exponentially increased its reach and significance. The Library of Congress and its many collaborators are working to preserve these sounds and moments over time that are our past reflect, present and future. "
Rapper Jay-Z & # 39; s sixth album, "The Blueprint," was added to the register as it demonstrated "Jay-Z & # 39; s range of combat racing that casts shadow on its lyrical opponents such as Nas and Prodigy or Mob Deep , to triumphant folk songs about life at the top, to sincere investigations of his personal history. "
Cyndi Lauper & # 39; s 1983 debut "She & # 39; s So Unusual," was also recorded along with Curtis Mayfield & # 39; s "Superfly" soundtrack and Jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon & # 39; s album "Go".
The register also added a recording of Senate Robert F. Kennedy's speech to a crowd in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 4, 1968, after hearing about the murder of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. the speech captures the tone and emotion of his birth and the expressions of the crowd – their horror at the news of King's death as well as their support for his calls for the country to work together in the pursuit of both peace and justice. "
Nina Simone & # 39; s "Mississippi Goddam" was written in response to the murder of civilian activist Medgar Evans and the bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where four African American girls were killed. The register called it "one of the most vital songs from the Civil Rights era."
Schoolhouse Rock was a series of animated short films with catchy songs such as & # 39; I & # 39; m Just a Bill & # 39 ;, & # 39; Conjunction Junction & # 39; and & # 39; Three is the Magic Number & # 39; to teach children math, grammar and other educational topics. The recording set with the 1996 recordings was included because it saved the songs from oblivion, so that parents who grew up to the cartoons could play the songs for their children in the car, keeping the music alive and relevant for a child. new generation. & # 39;
The register was created as part of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 and is designed to ensure that important recordings are preserved for the future.
Many of the recordings on the list have sold millions of copies, but some are quite rare.
The oldest recordings on the list are the earliest known recordings of Yiddish songs made between 1901 and 1905. Only 20 of the 48 wash cylinders in the collection have been preserved.
The register also contains a series of recordings by anthropologist and linguist Melville Jacobs, who documented the languages of Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest. He made 170 recordings that recorded 23 different languages and spoke with some of the last remaining speakers of some dialects.
Here is the complete list of recordings added to the register:
- Yiddish cylinders from the Standard Phonograph Company from New York and the Thomas Lambert Company (circa 1901-1905)
- "Memphis Blues" (single), Victor Military Band (1914)
- Melville Jacobs Collection of Native Americans of the American Northwest (1929-1939)
- "Minnie de Moocher" (single), Cab Calloway (1931)
- "Bach Six Cello Suites" (album), Pablo Casals (ca. 1939)
- "They Look Like Men of War" (single), Deep River Boys (1941)
- "Gunsmoke" – Episode: "The Cabin" (December 27, 1952)
- Ruth Draper: completed recorded monologues, Ruth Draper (1954-1956)
- "La Bamba" (single), Ritchie Valens (1958)
- "Long Black Veil" (single), Lefty Frizzell (1959)
- "Stan Freberg presents the United States of America, band 1: The Early Years" (album), Stan Freberg (1961)
- "GO" (album), Dexter Gordon (1962)
- "War Requiem" (album), Benjamin Britten (1963)
- "Mississippi Goddam" (single), Nina Simone (1964)
- "Soul Man" (single), Sam & Dave (1967)
- "Hair" (original Broadway cast recording) (1968)
- Speech on the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy (April 4, 1968)
- "Sweet Caroline" (single), Neil Diamond (1969)
- "Superfly" (album), Curtis Mayfield (1972)
- "Ola Belle Reed" (album), Ola Belle Reed (1973)
- "September" (single), Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)
- "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" (single), Sylvester (1978)
- "She & # 39; s So Unusual" (album), Cyndi Lauper (1983)
- "Schoolhouse Rock!: The Box Set" (1996)
- "The Blueprint" (album), Jay-Z (2001)
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