Library of Congress adds ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘My Girl’ to National Recording Registry
Library of Congress adds ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘My Girl’ to National Recording Registry The Temptations song "My Girl" is part of the 2017 class of the National Recording Registry. (Wiki Commons/Tim Regan/Flickr)
Library of Congress adds ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘My Girl’ to National Recording Registry
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Since 2002, the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry has honored music. The music includes songs and albums. It also includes other recordings. This music has been honored for it significance and impact on American history and culture.

Twenty-five titles have been added to the registry. These include the iconic “Sound of Music” soundtrack and The Temptations’ “My Girl.” This registry is now 500 strong. That's according to Andrew R. Chow reporting for The New York Times.

The new additions include songs first recorded at the beginning of the 20th century. These include the melodic “Sitting on Top of the World.” It was recorded in 1930 by the Mississippi Sheiks. It was later re-imagined in folk, country and bluegrass styles. It was re-recorded by artists from Willie Nelson to Jack White. 

Artur Schnabel, “the pre-eminent Beethoven pianist,” also made the cut. This was for his recordings of Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas (1932-1935). So did Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine’s 1987 “modern classic” “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You.” 

Other notables included were the April to June 1945 proceedings of the United Nations Conference on International Organization. This was when the Charter of the United Nations and the Statute of the International Court of Justice were drafted.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden calls the newest additions worthy of preservation. “This annual celebration of recorded sound reminds us of our varied and remarkable American experience,” Hayden says. 

“The unique trinity of historic, cultural and aesthetic significance reflected in the National Recording Registry each year is an opportunity for reflection on landmark moments, diverse cultures and shared memories.”

Recordings must be at least 10 years old to be eligible for consideration into the registry. That's according to the Library of Congress. The titles are selected by the Librarian of Congress herself who also gets advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB). Nominations are gathered from the public through online submissions.

The class of 2017 spans 85 years of history. This includes the years between 1911 and 1996. The 2017 class includes live radio broadcasts. It also includes hip hop and rock n’ roll. The new additions make up just a small part of the library’s expansive collection. The collection spans nearly 3 million recordings to date.

If your favorite song didn’t make the list this time, now’s your chance to vote for the 2018 selections. The Library is currently accepting nominations for the next crop of contestants on its website.

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Why is it important that we add songs, albums and other recordings to the National Recording Registry?
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  • AngelicaL-ilc
    8/31/2018 - 08:34 p.m.

    Music is a part of a nation's history and must be preserved so that it is available to future generations.

  • calebr-orv2
    9/18/2018 - 01:58 p.m.

    I think because that we could learn a lot of stuff with music and song that we need to learn about and that we can tell each other and learn from each other.

  • AthenaY-dec
    10/05/2018 - 08:14 a.m.

    I love music and if I had my own song I would make sure people would vote for me for 2018 selections

  • Cashlyns-eic
    10/15/2018 - 01:51 p.m.

    I love some older music, like my girl! I love the detailing on all of this it tells us about the people who have made it what the history is of it! Thanks to TT, im learning some cool things I have never known!

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