Nine BMI Musical Works Inducted into National Recording Registry

Posted in News on April 16, 2024

It was another history-making moment today, as the Library of Congress listed 25 recordings deemed worthy of prestigious induction and perpetual preservation into the National Recording Registry. These recordings, nine of which were written by BMI songwriters and composers, were selected for their cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance in the nation’s sound heritage. BMI is tremendously proud to count these works among our repertoire.

“The Library of Congress is proud to preserve the sounds of American history and our diverse culture through the National Recording Registry,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Haden. “We have selected audio treasures worthy of preservation with our partners this year, including a wide range of music from the past 100 years, as well as comedy. We were thrilled to receive a record number of public nominations, and we welcome the public’s input on what we should preserve next.”

The latest class of inductees now brings the total number of titles in the registry to 650. Below is the list of BMI singles and albums that were added to the National Recording Registry today. To read more about the musical works, please visit the Library of Congress website. Congratulations to the entire 2024 NRR class of extraordinary music creators!

“Tennessee Waltz” (Patti Page 1950) Songwriters: Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart
“Rocket 88” (Jackie Brenton 1951) Songwriter: Ike Turner
The Sidewinder (Lee Morgan 1964) Songwriter: Lee Morgan
Surrealistic Pillow (Jefferson Airplane 1967) Songwriters: Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, Jorma Kaukonen
J.D. Crowe & the New South (J.D. Crowed & the New South 1975) Songwriters: James Dee Crowe, Earl Scruggs, Dave Bartholomew
Parallel Lines (Blondie 1978) Songwriter: Jack Lee
“La-Di-Da-Di” (Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick 1985) Songwriters: Douglas Davis, Richard Walters
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (Bobby McFerrin 1988) Songwriter: Bobby McFerrin
Wide Open Spaces (Dixie Chicks 1998) Songwriters: Martie Seidel, Emily Strayer



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