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From the National Recording Registry: Van Cliburn, Russia and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto, No. 1 (April 11, 1958)

It was 64 years go this month that the US, in its then simmering Cold War with the Soviet Union, achieved one of its most startlingly and surprising victories.  All it involved was a yearly, Russian-sponsored music contest and an unassuming young piano virtuoso from Texas named Van Cliburn and his skilled beyond-his-years interpretation of […]

The Queen of Soaps Speaks…for Herself

You may not know the name Irna Phillips (1901-1973), but you know her work and influence. She pioneered the soap opera genre in radio and is widely regarded as a key creative figure in radio and television serialized entertainment. Phillips was the creator (and, for years, the primary scriptwriter) of “As the World Turns,” “Guiding […]

From the National Recording Registry: “Singin’ the Blues” (1927)

Ninety-five years ago today–February 4, 1927–Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke headed into the studio to lay down their classic “Singin’ the Blues.”  “Blues” was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry in 2005.  In the essay below, the Library’s own David Sager recounts the making of a legendary recording. “Singin’ […]

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Let’s visit “Alice’s Restaurant” (1967)

For many, it has become as much of a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey and dressing.  Arlo Guthrie’s immortal recording “Alice’s Restaurant Massacre” was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry in 2017.  Not long after, music journalist Hank Reineke kindly wrote about it for the Library.  In honor of this holiday, we share […]

From the Recording Registry: “Born to Run” (1975)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BOSS!  In honor of Bruce Springsteen’s birthday today, author Tyler Hayes pays tribute to Springsteen’s legendary album “Born to Run,” added to the National Registry in 2003.  Two albums into his career, Bruce Springsteen’s music trajectory was not set to contain notoriety. He was on a path that would soon see […]

Remembering Sarah Dash: Labelle and Beyond

The Library of Congress is very saddened to hear of the passing of Sarah Dash, powerhouse vocalist, true diva and onetime member of the group Labelle.  Earlier this year, after Labelle’s legendary “Lady Marmalade” was added to the Library’s National Recording Registry, the LC spoke with Ms. Dash about her remarkable hit and career.  Our […]