New 2012 National Recording Registry!

Exciting news!!!! The Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, today announced the selection of 25 sound recordings to the registry, marked for preservation because of their cultural, artistic and historic importance to the nation’s aural legacy.

“Congress created the National Recording Registry to celebrate the richness and variety of our audio heritage and to underscore our responsibility for long-term preservation, to assure that legacy can be appreciated and studied for generations,” said Billington. “Our challenge, however, continues to be finding collaborative and innovative ways to protect and make available this unmatched legacy to the public.”


Here is the list of the 25 recordings and links to CD’s/YouTube clips and streaming clips! Enjoy:

  1. “After You’ve Gone,” Marion Harris (1918)
    Stream it here!
  2. “Bacon, Beans and Limousines,” Will Rogers (Oct. 18, 1931)
    Listen to it here!
  3. “Begin the Beguine,” Artie Shaw (1938)
    We have it here:  CD 3175
  4. “You Are My Sunshine,” Jimmie Davis (1940)
    Stream it here!
  5. D-Day Radio Broadcast, George Hicks (June 5-6, 1944)
    Listen to it here!
  6. “Just Because,” Frank Yankovic & His Yanks (1947)
    Stream it here!
  7. “South Pacific,” Original Cast Album (1949)
    We have it here: CD 1573
  8. “Descargas: Cuban Jam Session in Miniature,” Cachao Y Su Ritmo Caliente (1957)
    Listen to it here!
  9. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Van Cliburn (April 11, 1958)
    We have it here: CD 5894
  10. President’s Message Relayed from Atlas Satellite, Dwight D. Eisenhower (Dec. 19, 1958)
  11. “A Program of Song,” Leontyne Price (1959)
  12. “The Shape of Jazz to Come,” Ornette Coleman (1959)
    Listen to it here!
  13. “Crossing Chilly Jordan,” The Blackwood Brothers (1960)
    Listen to it here!
  14. “The Twist,” Chubby Checker (1960)
    We have it here: CD 3139
  15. “Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley’s,” Clarence Ashley, Doc Watson, et al. (1960-1962)
    Stream it here!
  16. “Hoodoo Man Blues,” Junior Wells (1965)
    Listen to it here!
  17. “Sounds of Silence,” Simon and Garfunkel (1966)
    Stream it here!
  18. “Cheap Thrills,” Big Brother and the Holding Company (1968)
    We have it here: CD 9426
  19. “The Dark Side of the Moon,” Pink Floyd (1973)
    We have it here: CD 3675
  20. “Music Time in Africa,” Leo Sarkisian, host (July 29, 1973)
  21. “Wild Tchoupitoulas,” The Wild Tchoupitoulas (1976)
    Listen it it here!
  22. “Ramones,” The Ramones (1976)
    We have it here: CD 2909
  23. “Saturday Night Fever,” The Bee Gees, et al (1977)
    We have it here: CD 3246
  24. “Einstein on the Beach,” Philip Glass and Robert Wilson (1979)
    We have it here: CD 9615
  25. “The Audience with Betty Carter,” Betty Carter (1980)
    Listen to it here!

Have a great weekend everyone!