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2014 National Recording Registry Entries Selected

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

“Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?”

Familiar to millions of people throughout the United States, these memorable lyrics are from one of only 25 sound recordings named to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry for 2014.

Since 2000, the Librarian of Congress has selected 25 sound recordings at least 10 years old to be included in this acclaimed collection. These recordings, according to the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, must be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

The selections from 2014 span over a century, and truly define the broad nature of American music. From Joan Baez (the artists’ much acclaimed first solo album), to the much beloved music of Sesame Street on the album Sesame Street: All-Time Platinum Favorites, these pieces define a part of America’s past and present. It isn’t just more modern works that have made the list though. A collection of recordings from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair that demonstrate world music is also included, and is considered to be extremely rare.

The Librarian of Congress and staff members will proceed to select the highest-quality version of each recording. These will be carefully stored in the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation to preserve them for generations to come.

Interested in listening to some of these works? Check out the titles available from the UB Music Libraries:

  • Black Snake Moan–Blind Lemon Jefferson (1927) Record X382/83
  • Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman (album)—Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor; Joan Tower, composer (1999) CD 16139
  • Joan Baez (album)—Joan Baez (1960) Record X2209
  • Kiss Me, Kate (original cast album) (1949)  CD 19161
  • Matchbox Blues–Blind Lemon Jefferson (1927) CD X607
  • The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (album)—Lauryn Hill (1998) CD 7495
  • My Funny Valentine (single)—The Gerry Mulligan Quartet feat. Chet Baker (1953) Record X1287/88
  • OK Computer (album)—Radiohead (1997) CD 4732
  • Sixteen Tons (single)—Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955) Record X3048
  • Stand! (album)—Sly and the Family Stone (1969) CD X200
  • Stand by Me (single)—Ben E. King (1961) Record X4899/900

In addition, you can listen to some of The Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings at University of California, Santa Barbara Library (c. 1890-1910).

Please see the press release for further information.

This post is a guest blog entry by Katie Goldbach, student worker at the Music Library and a MS Library Science candidate in the Department of Library and Information Studies.