Yesterday the Library of Congress announced its annual selection of sound recordings for inclusion in the prestigious National Recording Registry. Works are chosen for their cultural, artistic and historical significance. The list of preserved musical works range from original Broadway cast recordings, to seminal albums across genres, to archival radio broadcasts of historically pivotal events, to even a compilation of earthly sounds curated for the Voyager spacecraft.
BMI is very proud that ten definitive works among this year’s class were created by BMI-affiliated songwriters and composers. Those works, in chronological order, are listed below. Congratulations, to all, on this landmark achievement.
“Hound Dog” (single) by Big Mama Thornton (1953)
Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins (1956)
Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs by Marty Robbins (1959)
The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery by Wes Montgomery (1960)
“In the Midnight Hour” (single) by Wilson Pickett (1965)
“American Pie” (single) by Don McLean (1971)
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars by David Bowie (PRS) (1972)
The Wiz original cast album (1975)
Wanted: Live in Concert by Richard Pryor (1978)
“We Are Family” (single) by Sister Sledge (1979)