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From the Recording Registry: Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Exposition Speech of 1895

Today, on the anniversary of Booker T. Washington’s historic Atlantic speech, we look back at the recording Washington made of it in 1908, so that his words would not be lost to history.  Professor Jacqueline M. Moore does the honors for the recording added to the National Registry in 2002. Booker T. Washington’s 1895 Address […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

From the National Recording Registry: Remembering Don Everly

 An Evening with Don Everly February 1, 1937 – August 21, 2021     It is truly the end of an era with the passing of the talented, charming and iconic Don Everly. The influence The Everly Brothers have had on so many musicians and genres of music is immeasurable. Don and his brother, Phil, […]

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

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 […]

From the Recording Registry: “A Wild and Crazy Guy” (1978)

Today is Steve Martin’s birthday!  As we wish Steve a happy day, comedy historian Kilph Nesteroff recalls Martin’s breakthrough comedy album that was added to the Library’s National Recording Registry in 2004. It was only audio, but it conjured up images of a man in an all-white suit. It was just a record, something you […]

From the Recording Registry: “The Girl From Ipanema” (1963)

Added to the Library’s National Recording Registry in 2004, “The Girl From Ipanema” is recalled by writer/musician Glenn Zottala. Astrud Gilberto In the 1960s–a very turbulent time in America–Stan Getz released “The Girl from Ipanema.” This became a huge hit both nationwide and worldwide. Who would have thought such gentle lyrical music would catch the […]