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The Library Announces 25 New Titles to the National Recording Registry!

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TODAY WAS THE DAY!  As it does every year, the Library of Congress just named its 25 latest additions to its National Recording Registry!

As always, the range of works selected by the Librarian of Congress, with the assistance of the National Recording Preservation Board and the public’s nominations, show great diversity.  The earliest recording is from 1908 while the most recent is from 2012.  While the range of genres run the gamut from mariachi to spoken word to pop and rock and country and jazz and gospel to even, in an Registry first, the sounds of a famous video game.  Further, this year’s selections include a who’s who of legends:  The Police, Jimmy Buffett, Daddy Yankee, Mariah Carey, Koko Taylor, John Denver, Queen Latifah, the late great Burt Bacharach (along with his long-time lyrical partner Hal David) and even the Material Girl herself:  MADONNA!

To see the full list, click here.

Madonna in underwear/wedding gown on the cover of her 1984 album "Like a Virgin"
             Madonna, “Like a Virgin,” c. 1984


Wynton Marsalis holding trumpet
        Wynton Marsalis, “Black Codes,” c. 1985


Daddy Yankee, c. 2004, carrying a blinged-out baseball bat
               Daddy Yankee, “Gasolina,” 2004


Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Burt Bacharach and Hal David, “What the World Needs Now is Love,” c. 1965


John Lennon, c. 1970, with long hair and round glasses
                    John Lennon, “Imagine,” c. 1971



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