LOS ANGELES (AP) – Janet Jackson’s socially conscious album “Rhythm Nation 1814,” Louis Armstrong’s jazzy “When the Saints Go Marching In” and Nas’ debut release “Illmatic” are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that Labelle’s song “Lady Marmalade” and Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year. The national library chose more memorable titles, including Kermit the Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection.”
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said they received about 900 public nominations for recordings to add to the registry this year. “The National Recording Registry will preserve our history through these vibrant recordings of music and voices that have reflected our humanity and shaped our culture from the past 143 years,” Hayden said in a statement. The library selects titles for preservation because of their cultural and historical importance to the American soundscape. The labels have to be at least 10 years old.
The registry adds the 1941 Christmas Eve radio broadcast by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Others that made a list include the soap opera theme song, “The Guiding Light,” Connie Smith’s single “Once a Day,” Albert King’s album “Born Under a Bad Sign.” Phil Rizzuto’s 1961 radio play-by-play of Roger Maris’ 61st homerun surpassed Babe Ruth’s previous record. – was added to the registry.
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