Saturday, March 23, 2013

Do Ya Like Good Music..??

According to Wikipedia - The National Recording Registry is a list of sound recordings that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States." The registry was established by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000,[1] which created the National Recording Preservation Board, whose members are appointed by the Librarian of Congress. The recordings preserved in the United States National Recording Registry form a registry of recordings selected yearly by the National Recording Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress.[2]

Can I have this job in my next life? What a fun gig deciding which music has "cultural significance."
Below is this year's list, but you might be surprised at some of the previous inductees - they range from Fanny Brice's My Man to (Janis Joplin and) Big Brother's Cheap Thrills to Aboott and Costello's Who's On First. You can't say the registry isn't eclectic.

Here's a listing of the 2012 inductees to the National Recording Registry in chronological order:
1."After You've Gone," Marion Harris (1918)
2."Bacon, Beans and Limousines," Will Rogers (Oct. 18, 1931)
3."Begin the Beguine," Artie Shaw (1938)
4. "You Are My Sunshine," Jimmie Davis (1940)
5.D-Day Radio Broadcast, George Hicks (June 5-6, 1944)
6."Just Because," Frank Yankovic & His Yanks (1947)
7."South Pacific," Original Cast Album (1949)
8."Descargas: Cuban Jam Session in Miniature," Cachao Y Su Ritmo Caliente (1957)
9.Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, Van Cliburn (April 11, 1958)
10.President's Message Relayed from Atlas Satellite, Dwight D. Eisenhower (Dec. 19, 1958)
11."A Program of Song," Leontyne Price (1959)
12."The Shape of Jazz to Come," Ornette Coleman (1959)
13."Crossing Chilly Jordan," The Blackwood Brothers (1960)
14."The Twist," Chubby Checker (1960)
15."Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's," Clarence Ashley, Doc Watson, et al. (1960-1962)
16."Hoodoo Man Blues," Junior Wells (1965)
17."Sounds of Silence," Simon and Garfunkel (1966)
18."Cheap Thrills," Big Brother and the Holding Company (1968)
19."The Dark Side of the Moon," Pink Floyd (1973)
20."Music Time in Africa," Leo Sarkisian, host (July 29, 1973)
21."Wild Tchoupitoulas," The Wild Tchoupitoulas (1976)
22."Ramones," The Ramones (1976)
23."Saturday Night Fever," The Bee Gees, et al (1977)
24."Einstein on the Beach," Philip Glass and Robert Wilson (1979)
25."The Audience with Betty Carter," Betty Carter (1980)
I'm not familiar with all the selections but Bacon, Beans and Limousines gets my vote for weirdest title.
Favorite on the list is Artie Shaw's Begin The Beguine.
That one gets a lot of play on my Ipod.
Here's the complete list in alphabetical order -
Name a title you'd propose for next year's list....


  1. I’d nominate "Cry Me A River," written by Arthur Hamilton in 1953 and recorded by Julie London in 1955 [released by Liberty Records both as a single and on the album "Julie Is Her Name"] . . . . This jazzy blues ballad has, to date, been recorded by at least two dozen other singers in addition to Julie London and has been used in several movie and television soundtracks . . . .

  2. Just went to site, interesting list.

    I'm still waiting for Justin Hayward/Moody Blues to be inducted somewhere, I really can't believe they aren't in the R&R hall of fame:(

    Song(s) I'd love to see on list next year by Justin Hayward

    "In My World"
    "Broken Dream"

    "Nights in White Satin" is an amazing song that still gets played on radios today, 46 years later

    I read the list and there were several songs on there that I thought OMG what are they doing there, when we have classics like Nights and other songs NOT there

    All a matter of taste I guess

    How do I get a job there :)

  3. Joan, one of the first songs i ever heard barbra Streisand sing was Cry me a River - I thought Wow.
    Mar, yeah the Moodys! Question of Balance.

  4. I love Julie London and also the Moody Blues. I agree that both of them deserve to be there. Dee

  5. Course we don't know what's already there, but any Patsy Cline song would make it for me.

    especially glad to see THE TWIST and THE SOUND OF SILENCE!

  6. What fun, Rosemary -
    Johnny Cash, definitely - Walk the Line, Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire -- take your pick.
    Patsy Cline - Walkin' After Midnight

    And what about Annette Funicello - Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces (just kidding). I do like silly songs but they'll never make the list. Flying Purple People Eater. Dixie Chicks Goodbye Earl.

  7. I think the Moody Blues and other English bands should get their own National Registry, thank you, but I did like their music.


  8. oh yeah..they were British.
    Frank Sinatra - Fly Me to the Moon, Judy Garland Over the Rainbow..
    Is MLK's I Have a Dream speech there..must be

  9. I would nominate... oh no... they have to be US ...? Well as long as this is a fantasy anyway, I would nominate k.d. lang for Trail Of Broken Hearts.

  10. I agree with all the Patsy fans, but also wish to cast a vote or two for Hank Williams.

    Hey, Good Looking and Your Cheatin' Heart both qualify, I would say.