National Recording Registry 2008

The Library of Congress has announced its 25 new additions to the National Recording Registry.

Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), is tasked with selecting 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for 2008 bring the total number of recordings in the registry to 275.

Notable additions this year include:

• “Boogie Chillen,” John Lee Hooker (1948)

• “Rumble,” Link Wray (1958)

• “At Last!,” Etta James (1961)

• “The Who Sings My Generation,” The Who (1966)

Annoying that the LOC still uses Real Audio for its samples. What is this, 1999?

Full list of the 2008 additions after the jump…

1. “No News, or What Killed the Dog,” Nat M. Wills (1908)

2. Acoustic Recordings for Victor Records, Jascha Heifetz (1917-1924)

3. “Night Life,” Mary Lou Williams (1930)

4. Sounds of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (1935)

5. “Gang Busters” (1935-1957)

6. “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen,” Andrews Sisters (1938)

7. “Que é Que a Bahiana Tem?” Carmen Miranda (1939)

8. NBC Radio coverage of Marian Anderson’s recital at the Lincoln Memorial (April 9, 1939)

9. “Tom Dooley,” Frank Proffitt (1940)

10. “Uncle Sam Blues,” Oran “Hot Lips” Page, accompanied by Eddie Condon’s Jazz Band. V-Disc (1944)

11. The Mary Margaret McBride Program, Zora Neale Hurston and Mary Margaret McBride, (January 25, 1943)

12. “Sinews of Peace” (Iron Curtain) Speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill (March 5, 1946)

13. “The Churkendoose,” Ray Bolger (1947)

14. “Boogie Chillen,” John Lee Hooker (1948)

15. “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” Dylan Thomas (1952)

16. “A Festival of Lessons and Carols as Sung on Christmas Eve in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge,” King’s College Choir; Boris Ord, director (1954)

17. “West Side Story,” original cast recording (1957)

18. “Tom Dooley,” the Kingston Trio (1958)

19. “Rumble,” Link Wray (1958)

20. “The Play of Daniel: A Twelfth-Century Drama,” New York Pro Musica under the direction of Noah Greenberg (1958)

21. “At Last!,” Etta James (1961)

22. “Rank Stranger,” Stanley Brothers (1960)

23. “2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks,” Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks (1961)

24. “The Who Sings My Generation,” The Who (1966)

25. “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” George Jones (1980)

Press release.

Previously: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003.

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