Pink Floyd, Simon & Garfunkel, Artie Shaw Among Musical Artists Whose Recordings Will Be Preserved in Library of Congress — Here’s This Year’s Full List, Which Goes All the Way Back to 1918

Mar 21, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Among the artists whose work will be added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress are Pink Floyd, the Ramones, Simon & Garfunkel, Ornette Coleman and Big Brother and the Holding Company.

This year’s list of 25 recordings that will be preserved for their cultural, artistic and historic importance also includes Van Cliburn, the Bee Gees, Philip Glass and Junior Wells.

In a statement, James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, said: "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. Our challenge, however, continues to be finding collaborative and innovative ways to protect and make available this unmatched legacy to the public."

Here’s the list, in chronological order by the date of the recording:

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

big-brother-janis-joplin.jpgJanis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company

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