Library of Congress Announces 2010 Additions to National Recording Registry

Posted in News on April 6, 2011

The Library of Congress has named the 25 new additions to the ninth annual National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, which will ensure that these cultural, artistic and historical recordings are always available to the American public. Included among them are works that demonstrate the depth and breadth of the BMI repertoire, ranging from the seminal blues sounds of Blind Willie Johnson to the classic country of Tammy Wynette, the comedy of Mort Sahl, the soul sounds of Al Green and the often-humorous rap recordings of De La Soul.

Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), is tasked with selecting 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for the 2010 registry bring the total number of recordings to 325.

This year’s selections include (*indicates BMI songwriter, composer or recording artist):

  1. Phonautograms – Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville (ca. 1853-1861)
  2. “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” – Edward Meeker, accompanied by the Edison Orchestra (1908)
  3. Cylinder Recordings of Ishi (1911-14)
  4. “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” – Blind Willie Johnson (1927)*
  5. “It’s the Girl” – The Boswell Sisters with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra. (1931)
  6. “Mal Hombre” – Lydia Mendoza (1934)
  7. “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” – Sons of the Pioneers (1934)*
  8. “Talking Union” – The Almanac Singers (1941)*
  9. “Jazz at the Philharmonic” (July 2, 1944)*
  10. “Pope Marcellus Mass” (Palestrina). The Roger Wagner Chorale (1951)
  11. “The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest” – Rev. C. L. Franklin (1953)
  12. “Tipitina” – Professor Longhair (1953)*
  13. “At Sunset” — Mort Sahl (1955)*
  14. Interviews with Jazz Musicians for the Voice of America. Willis Conover (1956)
  15. “The Music From ‘Peter Gunn’” – Henry Mancini (1959)
  16. United Sacred Harp Musical Convention in Fyffe, Alabama Field recordings by Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins (1959))
  17. “Blind Joe Death” – John Fahey (1959, 1964, 1967)
  18. “Stand By Your Man” – Tammy Wynette (1968)*
  19. “Trout Mask Replica” – Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band (1969)*
  20. “Songs of the Humpback Whale” (1970)
  21. “Let’s Stay Together” – Al Green (1971)*
  22. “Black Angels (Thirteen Images from the Dark Land)” (George Crumb) (CRI Recordings, 1972)
  23. “Aja” – Steely Dan (1977)
  24. “3 Feet High and Rising” – De La Soul (1989)*
  25. GOPAC Strategy and Instructional Tapes (1986-1994)


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