May 14, 2008

Registry includes Navajo Shootingway

What do the first trans-Atlantic broadcast, Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and the Navajo Shootingway ceremony have in common? They were all added to the National Recording Registry this year.

Jackson, Orbison songs added to historic registryThe best-selling pop album on planet Earth and a disc sent hurtling into deep space are among recordings the Library of Congress will preserve for their cultural significance.

Twenty-five selections were added to the National Recording Registry on Wednesday, part of the library's attempt to save America's aural history by archiving recordings deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."
The works added to the Registry:

1. The first trans-Atlantic broadcast (March 14, 1925)

2. "Allons a Lafayette," Joseph Falcon (1928)

3. "Casta Diva," from Bellini's "Norma"; Rosa Ponselle, accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Giulio Setti. (recorded December 31, 1928, and January 30, 1929)

4. "If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again," Thomas A. Dorsey (1934)

5. "Sweet Lorraine," Art Tatum (February 22, 1940)

6. Fibber's Closet Opens for the First Time, "Fibber McGee and Molly" radio program (March 4, 1940)

7. Wings Over Jordan, Wings Over Jordan (1941)

8. Fiorello LaGuardia reading the comics (1945)

9. "Call it Stormy Monday but Tuesday is Just As Bad," T-Bone Walker (1947)

10. Harry S. Truman speech at the 1948 Democratic National Convention (July 15, 1948)

11. "The Jazz Scene," various artists (1949)

12. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," Kitty Wells (May 30, 1952)

13. "My Fair Lady," original cast recording (1956)

14. Navajo Shootingway Ceremony Field Recordings, recorded by David McAllester (1957-1958)

15. "'Freight Train,' and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes," Elizabeth Cotten (1959)

16. Marine Band Concert Album to Help Benefit the National Cultural Center (1963)

17. "Oh, Pretty Woman," Roy Orbison (1964)

18. "Tracks of My Tears," Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (1965)

19. "You'll Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song," Ella Jenkins (1966)

20. "Music from the Morning of the World," various artists; recorded by David Lewiston (1966)

21. "For the Roses," Joni Mitchell (1972)

22. "Headhunters," Herbie Hancock (1973)

23. Ronald Reagan Radio Broadcasts (1976-1979)

24. "The Sounds of Earth," disc prepared for the Voyager spacecraft (1977)

25. "Thriller," Michael Jackson (1982)

1 comment:

dmarks said...

That is the least creepy picture of Michael Jackson that I have seen for years.