25 recordings are being inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry this year, including Jay-Z’s The Blueprint, Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual, Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September,” Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” and Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam.”
Other works that are being added include Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly soundtrack, the original Broadway cast recording of the musical Hair, Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man,” Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” and a box set featuring the music of Schoolhouse Rock!
Kennedy’s recorded speech after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 assassination has also been added.
The added works are of various genres, such as spoken word, jazz, country, classical, gospel, soul, and more.
“The National Recording Registry honors the music that enriches our souls, the voices that tell our stories and the sounds that mirror our lives” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in a statement. “The influence of recorded sound over its nearly 160-year history has been profound and technology has increased its reach and significance exponentially. The Library of Congress and its many collaborators are working to preserve these sounds and moments in time, which reflect our past, present and future.”
With these additions, there are now 525 recordings on the National Recording Registry that have been deemed “worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage.”
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Article image: Cyndi Lauper in 2016, Jay-Z in 2010, and Neil Diamond in 2011. (Luis fernando delgado ramirez [CC BY-SA 4.0], chickswithguns [CC BY-SA 2.0], Eva Rinaldi [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)