National Recording Registry reaches 400 entries as Library of Congress adds 25 recordings

BY Justin Scuiletti  April 2, 2014 at 7:11 PM EDT

Jeff Buckley’s 1994 single, “Hallelujah,” is one of 25 new entries inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Video by VEVO

The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that it was inducting 25 new sound recordings into the National Recording Registry — bringing the collection’s total to 400 pieces.

Sound recordings chosen for the National Recording Registry, according to the Library of Congress, are selected to “be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures, representing the richness and diversity of the American soundscape.”

“These recordings represent an important part of America’s culture and history,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, in a statement. “As technology continually changes and formats become obsolete, we must ensure that our nation’s aural legacy is protected. The National Recording Registry is at the core of this effort.”

The inductees include a mix of multiple types of recordings. For music, both singles — such as Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” — and albums — such as “The Joshua Tree” from U2 were chosen. An episode of 1926 to 1949 radio program “The Goldbergs” made the cut, in addition to political comedy album “The First Family.” Also chosen were 1960s interviews with baseball players of yesteryear and phone recordings from President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The 2014 inductions include:

  • “The Laughing Song” | single | George Washington Johnson | 1896
  • “They Didn’t Believe Me” | single | Harry Macdonough and Alice Green | 1915
  • “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” | singles | Bing Crosby; Rudy Vallee | 1932
  • “Franz Boas and George Herzog Recordings of Kwakwaka’wakw Chief Dan Cranmer (1938)
  • “Were You There” | Single | Roland Hayes (1940)
  • “The Goldbergs”: Sammy Goes Into the Army | Radio Episode | July 9, 1942
  • “Caldonia” | Single | Louis Jordan | 1945
  • “Dust My Broom” | single | Elmore James | 1951
  • “A Night at Birdland” (Vols. 1 and 2) | Albums | Art Blakey | 1954
  • “When I Stop Dreaming” | single | The Louvin Brothers | 1955
  • “Cathy’s Clown” | single | The Everly Brothers | 1960
  • “Texas Sharecropper and Songster” | album | Mance Lipscomb | 1960
  • “The First Family” | Album | 1962
  • Interviews with Baseball Pioneers of the Late 19th and Early 20th Century | Oral History | Lawrence Ritter | 1962-1966
  • Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson | Nov. 22, 1963 – Jan. 10, 1969)
  • “Carnegie Hall Concert with Buck Owens and His Buckaroos” | album | Buck Owens and His Buckaroos | 1966
  • “Fortunate Son” | single | Creedence Clearwater Revival | 1969
  • “Theme from ‘Shaft’” | album | Isaac Hayes | 1971
  • “Only Visiting This Planet” | album | Larry Norman | 1972
  • “Celia & Johnny” | album | Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco | 1974
  • “Copland Conducts Copland: Appalachian Spring”| album | Aaron Copland | 1974
  • “Heart Like a Wheel” | album | Linda Ronstadt | 1974
  • “Sweeney Todd” | album | Original Cast Recording | 1979
  • “The Joshua Tree” | album | U2 | 1987