Recordings by Metallica, Billy Joel, John Coltrane and Merle Haggard Singled Out for Honors … Wait, How Did Wilt Chamberlain Get on This List?

Mar 23, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Recordings spanning much of the past century, ranging from the Columbia Quartette’s “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” in 1911 to Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” in 1986, have been added to the National Recording Registry, the Library of Congress announced today.

The list of 25 recordings is made up mostly of music, including chestnuts such as Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues” from 1928 and W.H. Stepp’s “Bonaparte’s Retreat” from 1937, along with slightly more contemporary tracks and LPs — Santana’s “Abraxas” (1970), Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” (1978) and The Impressions’ “People Get Ready” (1965) among them.

One oddity on the list is radio coverage of the fourth quarter of Wilt Chamberlain’s legendary 100-point game on March 2, 1962, when Wilt led the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks. Another non-music item is George Carlin’s “Class Clown,” from 1972.

Please click here for the full list, along with details about each entry.

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