More generations in the future are getting the opportunity to hear the sounds of silence, disco, and Broadway—thanks to the Library of Congress.
Earlier this week, the library announced a selection of 25 sound recordings to be preserved by the National Recording Registry. The recordings were selected based on “their cultural, artistic, and historic importance to the nation’s aural legacy,” according to the library.
The original cast recording for South Pacific and the Bee Gees‘ Saturday Night Fever soundtrack were also included, as well as Tchaikovsky‘s Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by Van Cliburn.
This year’s non-musical selections include President Dwight D. Eisenhower‘s 1958 message that was relayed from the Atlas Satellite and George Hicks‘s D-Day radio broadcast.
The best-existing versions of the 25 recordings that the library selects each year for preservation are housed in Culpeper, Va., at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. They were chosen from a pool of online submissions from the public and National Recording Preservation Board.
The latest induction brings the total number of sound recordings in the registry to 375. Find out how to nominate songs for next year from the Library of Congress.
Listen to a selection of inducted songs below, and scroll down for the full list of new inductees.
See the full list of National Recording Registry inductees:
1. After You’ve Gone, Marion Harris (1918)
2. Bacon, Beans and Limousines, Will Rogers (Oct. 18, 1931)
3. Begin the Beguine, Artie Shaw (1938)
4. You Are My Sunshine, Jimmie Davis (1940)
5. D-Day Radio Broadcast, George Hicks (June 5-6, 1944)
6. Just Because, Frank Yankovic & His Yanks (1947)
7. South Pacific, Original Cast Album (1949)
8. Descargas: Cuban Jam Session in Miniature, Cachao Y Su Ritmo Caliente (1957)
9. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Van Cliburn (April 11, 1958)
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)
13. Crossing Chilly Jordan, The Blackwood Brothers (1960)
14. The Twist, Chubby Checker (1960)
15. Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley’s, Clarence Ashley, Doc Watson, et al. (1960-1962)
16. Hoodoo Man Blues, Junior Wells (1965)
17. Sounds of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel (1966)
18. Cheap Thrills, Big Brother and the Holding Company (1968)
19. The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd (1973)
20. Music Time in Africa, Leo Sarkisian, host (July 29, 1973)
21. Wild Tchoupitoulas, The Wild Tchoupitoulas (1976)
22. Ramones, The Ramones (1976)
23. Saturday Night Fever, The Bee Gees, et al (1977)
24. Einstein on the Beach, Philip Glass and Robert Wilson (1979)
25. The Audience with Betty Carter, Betty Carter (1980)
See on www.parade.com
- ‘Sound of Silence’ to be preserved (arabtimesonline.com)
- Nat’l Recording Registry adds Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel (cbsnews.com)
- ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Added to National Recording Registry (business.time.com)
- Pink Floyd, Van Cliburn, the Ramones Added to Nat’l Recording Registry (variety.com)
- And The 2012 Inductees Are… (huffingtonpost.com)