Library of Congress adds The Chicks, Green Day, Notorious B.I.G. to National Recording Registry

WTOP's Jason Fraley salutes new additions to the National Recording Registry (Part 1)

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Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named 25 recordings as audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance in the nation’s recorded sound heritage.

The 2024 class of inductees also includes Gene Autry’s “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” The Cars’ debut album, Perry Como’s “Catch a Falling Star” / “Magic Moments,” Juan Gabriel’s heartbreaking “Amor Eterno,” Héctor Lavoe’s salsa hit “El Cantante,” Kronos Quartet’s “Pieces of Africa,” Johnny Mathis’ “Chances Are,” Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” Patti Page’s “Tennessee Waltz,” and Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

“The Library of Congress is proud to preserve the sounds of American history and our diverse culture through the National Recording Registry,” Hayden said. “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 selections named to the registry span from 1919 to 1998. They range from the recordings of the all-Black 369th U.S. Infantry Band led by James Reese Europe after World War I, to defining sounds of jazz and bluegrass, and iconic recordings from pop, dance, country, rock, rap, Latin and classical music.

See the full 2024 list below (in chronological order):

• “Clarinet Marmalade” — Lt. James Reese Europe’s 369th U.S. Infantry Band (1919)
• “Kauhavan Polkka” — Viola Turpeinen and John Rosendahl (1928)
• Wisconsin Folksong Collection (1937-1946)
• “Rose Room” — Benny Goodman Sextet with Charlie Christian (1939)
• “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” — Gene Autry (1949)
• “Tennessee Waltz” — Patti Page (1950)
• “Rocket ‘88’” — Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats (1951)
• “Catch a Falling Star” / ”Magic Moments” — Perry Como (1957)
• “Chances Are” — Johnny Mathis (1957)
• “The Sidewinder” — Lee Morgan (1964)
• “This is a Recording” — Lily Tomlin (1971)
• “J.D. Crowe & the New South” — J.D. Crowe & the New South (1975)
• “Arrival” — ABBA (1976)
• “El Cantante” — Héctor Lavoe (1978)
• “The Cars” — The Cars (1978)
• “Parallel Lines” — Blondie (1978)
• “Surrealistic Pillow” — Jefferson Airplane (1967)
• “Ain’t No Sunshine” — Bill Withers (1971)
• “La-Di-Da-Di” — Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick (MC Ricky D) (1985)
• “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” — Bobby McFerrin (1988)
• “Amor Eterno” — Juan Gabriel (1990)
• “Pieces of Africa” — Kronos Quartet (1992)
• “Dookie” — Green Day (1994)
• “Ready to Die” — The Notorious B.I.G. (1994)
• “Wide Open Spaces” — The Chicks (1998)

The recordings selected for the National Recording Registry bring the number of titles on the registry to 650, representing a small portion of the national library’s vast recorded sound collection of nearly 4 million items.

A record 2,899 nominations were made by the public this year for recordings to consider adding to the registry. The public can submit nominations throughout the year on the library’s website. Nominations for next year will be accepted until Oct. 1, 2024.

WTOP's Jason Fraley salutes new additions to the National Recording Registry (Part 2)

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Jason Fraley

Hailed by The Washington Post for “his savantlike ability to name every Best Picture winner in history," Jason Fraley began at WTOP as Morning Drive Writer in 2008, film critic in 2011 and Entertainment Editor in 2014, providing daily arts coverage on-air and online.

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