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From the Recording Registry: United Sacred Harp Musical Convention in Fyffe, Alabama (Sept. 12, 1959)

Posted by: Cary O’Dell

Sixty-two years ago today, a group of talented singers gathered in Fyffe, Alabama, to recording a remarkable, one of a kind album utilizing “shape-note singing.”  The Library’s own Matt Barton examines the resulting recording that was named to the Library’s National Registry in 2010. “If you don’t like it [Sacred Harp singing] you had better …

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB NEWHART!

Posted by: Cary O’Dell

As the great Bob Newhart turns 91 today, the Library of Congress, with the assistance of Professor Wayne Federman, looks back at his seminal, star-making album “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart,” released in 1960 and added to the Library’s National Recording Registry in 2006. “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart” is one of the most …

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From the Recording Registry: “Phonautograms” (c. 1853-61)

Posted by: Cary O’Dell

The very first recording of the human voice (added to the Library’s National Registry in 2010) may not be what you think it is.  But here scholar David Giovannoni looks back at this momentous technological–and cultural–breakthrough. Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville invented sound recording when he conceived of a machine that would do for the ear …

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Remembering Charlie Watts and “Satisfaction” (1965)

Posted by: Cary O’Dell

As the world mourns the passing of Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, the Library of Congress, with the assistance of music historian Dan LeRoy, looks back at when “The World’s Greatest Rock Band” gave the world “Satisfaction.”  (A recording added to the Library’s National Recording Registry in 2006.) Not long before his untimely death …

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From the National Recording Registry: The Everly Brothers “Cathy’s Clown” (1960)

Posted by: Stacie Seifrit-Griffin

This week brings great sadness to rock fans everywhere and especially to those of us who work with the National Recording Registry. On Saturday August 21, Don Everly passed away at the age of 84, and today Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts joined him. Both The Everly Brothers and Rolling Stones are honored in the …