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N.W.A., Richard Pryor To Be Enshrined In The National Recording Registry

N.W.A., Richard Pryor To Be Enshrined In The National Recording Registry

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Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced N.W.A., Richard Pryor and the national anthem of black America as part of a collection of 20+ titles added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, artistic and historical importance to America.

“This year’s exciting list gives us a full range of sound experiences,” Hayden said in a press release. “These sounds of the past enrich our understanding of the nation’s cultural history and our history in general.”

For those unaware, the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 requires the nation’s librarian to annually select 25 titles that are “culturally significant” and at least 10 years old. Two renditions of the hymn, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is a national anthem of sorts for black Americans, made the list. This includes the 1923 version by the Manhattan Harmony Four and the modernized 1990 all-star recording, headed by Melba Moore.

Richard Pryor’s 1978 double album, Wanted: Live in Concert was added as part of the spoken-word recordings list. N.W.A.’s seminal album, Straight Outta Compton was also included.

Nominations were gathered through online submissions from the public and from the NRPB, which is comprised of leaders in the fields of music, recorded sound and preservation.

If you want to get in to the next registry, the Library of Congress, the world’s largest library, is accepting nominations here.

Below, are the full list of inductees in chronological order:

1.  The 1888 London cylinder recordings of Col. George Gouraud (1888)
2.  “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (singles), Manhattan Harmony Four (1923); Melba Moore and Friends (1990)
3.  “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (single), Harry Richman (1929)
4.  “Over the Rainbow” (single), Judy Garland (1939)
5.  “I’ll Fly Away” (single), The Chuck Wagon Gang  (1948)
6.  “Hound Dog” (single),  Big Mama Thornton (1953)
7.  “Saxophone Colossus,” Sonny Rollins  (1956)
8.  The Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, announced by Vin Scully (September 8, 1957)
9.  “Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs,” Marty Robbins  (1959)
10. “The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery,” Wes Montgomery (1960)
11. “People” (single), Barbra Streisand (1964)
12. “In the Midnight Hour” (single), Wilson Pickett  (1965)
13. “Amazing Grace” (single), Judy Collins  (1970)
14. “American Pie” (single), Don McLean  (1971)
15.  “All Things Considered,” first broadcast (May 3, 1971)
16. “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” David Bowie (1972)
17. “The Wiz,” original cast album (1975)
18. “Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975),” Eagles  (1976)
19. “Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha,” Gunter Schuller, arr. (1976)
20. “Wanted:  Live in Concert,” Richard Pryor  (1978)
21. “We Are Family” (single), Sister Sledge (1979)
22. “Remain in Light,” Talking Heads (1980)
23. “Straight Outta Compton,” N.W.A (1988)
24. “Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (All-Night Vigil),” Robert Shaw Festival Singers (1990)
25. “Signatures,” Renée Fleming  (1997)

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