LOS ANGELES (AP) – Janet Jackson’s socially conscious album “Rhythm Nation 1814,” Louis Armstrong’s jazzy “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and Nas’ debut “Illmatic” are among 25 recordings made on the National Recording Registry.
The Library of Congress announced on Wednesday that Labelle’s song “Lady Marmalade” and Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” are some of the titles selected for preservation this year. The National Library selected several other memorable titles, including Kermit the Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection”.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said she has received about 900 public nominations this year for recordings to be added to the registry.
“The National Recording Registry will preserve our history through these vivid recordings of music and voices that reflect our humanity and have shaped our culture for the past 143 years,” Hayden said in a statement.
The library selects titles to preserve because of their cultural and historical significance to the American soundscape. The titles must be at least 10 years old.
The register adds the Christmas Eve 1941 radio program broadcast by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Others that made the list included the soap opera theme song “The Guiding Light,” Connie Smith’s single “Once a Day,” and Albert King’s album, “Born Under a Bad Sign.”
Phil Rizzuto’s radio play-by-play by Roger Maris ’61. 1961 home run – which beat Babe Ruth’s previous record. – has been added to the registry.
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