New recordings added to the National Recording Registry

The Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board has added twenty-five recordings (as it does every year) to the National Recording Registry, which aims to protect and preserve recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.”

Prince in Purple RainThis year, there’s the usual slate of historic recordings, like an Edison cylinder designed to play inside of a doll and radio broadcasts of Edward R. Murrow and the Native American cultural program, “Indians for Indians;” important moments in classical music, like Bernstein‘s debut with the New York Philharmonic, and Fritz Reiner conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra;” and a heavy dose of pop music – Prince’s Purple Rain made the cut, as did Donna Summer, Parliament, the Grateful Dead, the Sugarhill Gang.

The full list is as follows. Bolded items are recordings we own – either on CD or streaming:

1. Edison Talking Doll cylinder (1888)

2. “Come Down Ma Evenin’ Star,” Lillian Russell (1912)

3. Ten Cents a Dance,” Ruth Etting (1930) 

4. “Voices from the Days of Slavery,” various speakers (1932-1941 interviews; 2002 compilation)

5. “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” Patsy Montana (1935)

6. “Fascinating Rhythm,” Sol Hoopii and his Novelty Five (1938)

7. “Artistry in Rhythm,” Stan Kenton and his Orchestra (1943)

8. Debut performance with the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (Nov. 14, 1943)

9. International Sweethearts of Rhythm: Hottest Women’s Band of the 1940s (1944-1946)

10. “The Indians for Indians Hour” (March 25, 1947)

11. “Hula Medley,” Gabby Pahinui (1947)

12. “I Can Hear It Now,” Fred W. Friendly and Edward R. Murrow (1948)

13. “Let’s Go Out to the Programs,” The Dixie Hummingbirds (1953)

14. “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1954, 1958)

15. “Bo Diddley” and “I’m a Man,” Bo Diddley (1955)

16. “Green Onions,” Booker T. & the M.G.’s (1962)

17. “Forever Changes,” Love (1967)

18. “The Continental Harmony: Music of William Billings,” Gregg Smith Singers (1969)

19. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Vince Guaraldi Trio (1970) (CD 5057)

20. “Coat of Many Colors,” Dolly Parton (1971)

21. “Mothership Connection,” Parliament (1975) (CD 9430)

22. Barton Hall concert by the Grateful Dead (May 8, 1977)

23. “I Feel Love,” Donna Summer (1977)

24. “Rapper’s Delight,” Sugarhill Gang (1979) (CD 3410)

25. “Purple Rain,” Prince and the Revolution (1984)

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