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Library of Congress Inducts 25 Works into Its Registry

Louis Jordan, Art Blakey, Celia Cruz recordings recognized

Art Blakey
Art Blakey c/o Gretsch Drums
Celia Cruz
Louis Jordan

The Library of Congress has inducted 25 recorded works into its National Recording Registry, recognition, according to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, that these specific recordings “represent an important part of America’s culture and history.”

In addition to music recordings covering several diverse genres stretching back more than a century, the list also includes spoken recordings. (It should be noted that the list also includes recordings that were not made by American artists, such as the Irish rock band U2’s The Joshua Tree album.

Only a few of this year’s inductees fall under the jazz umbrella: Louis Jordan’s 1945 single “Caldonia,” Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers’ 1954 A Night at Birdland albums and Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco’s Celia & Johnny. The total list of inducted works now numbers 400. The complete list of new inductees follows:

George Washington Johnson – “The Laughing Song” (single) (c. 1896)

Harry Macdonough and Alice Green – “They Didn’t Believe Me” (single) (1915)

Bing Crosby; Rudy Vallee – “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” (singles) (both 1932)

Franz Boas and George Herzog Recordings of Kwakwaka’wakw Chief Dan Cranmer (1938)

Roland Hayes – “Were You There” (single) (1940)

The Goldbergs: “Sammy Goes Into the Army” (July 9th, 1942)

Louis Jordan – “Caldonia” (single) (1945)

Elmore James – “Dust My Broom” (single) (1951)

Art Blakey – A Night at Birdland (Vols. 1 and 2) (albums) (1954)

The Louvin Brothers – “When I Stop Dreaming” (single) (1955)

The Everly Brothers – “Cathy’s Clown” (single) (1960)

Mance Lipscomb – Texas Sharecropper and Songster (album) (1960)
The First Family (album) (1962)

Lawrence Ritter’s Interviews with Baseball Pioneers of the Late 19th and Early 20th Century (1962-66)

Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson (November 22nd, 1963-January 10th, 1969)

Buck Owens and His Buckaroos – Carnegie Hall Concert with Buck Owens and His Buckaroos (album) (1966)

Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Fortunate Son” (single) (1969)

Isaac Hayes – Theme From Shaft (album) – Isaac Hayes (1971)

Larry Norman – Only Visiting This Planet (album) – Larry Norman (1972)

Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco – Celia & Johnny (album) – (1974)

Aaron Copland – “Copland Conducts Copland: Appalachian Spring” – Aaron Copland (1974)

Linda Ronstadt- Heart Like a Wheel (album) – Linda Ronstadt (1974)
Sweeney Todd (album) – Original Cast Recording (1979)

U2 – The Joshua Tree (album) – U2 (1987)

Jeff Buckley – “Hallelujah” (single) – Jeff Buckley (1994)

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