Each year, the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress chooses 25 recordings to be preserved for all time. Inside the National Recording Registry, produced by Ben Manilla Productions, highlights some of those selections.

This series receives production support from the Library of Congress and was honored with a 2012 Peabody Award.

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Linda Ronstadt: “Heart Like a Wheel”

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Linda Ronstadt’s “Heart Like a Wheel” made her a household name. Now it’s in the National Recording Registry.

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Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Thursday, December 18, 2014

If there’s one Christmas album everyone can agree on, it’s “A Charlie Brown Cristmas,” by Vince Guaraldi. Here’s how it came to be.

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Celia & Johnny: They Invented Salsa

Thursday, December 04, 2014

As Latin music was fading from popular culture, a blend of Caribbean rhythms going by the name salsa got a new generation dancing.

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Making Fun of the Kennedys

Friday, November 21, 2014

The First Family broke new ground for comedy by openly mocking the Kennedys — even though it was recorded during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Buck Owens Goes to Carnegie Hall

Friday, November 14, 2014

Buck Owens didn’t think he could fill Carnegie Hall, but the 1966 show turned out to be one of the highlights of his career.


Leontyne Price’s A Program of Song

Friday, December 13, 2013

Mississippi in the 1910s produced some of our country’s greatest blues artists. It also produced one of our greatest operatic singers, soprano Leontyne Price. The bar she set for singers has remained high. “When I was a student I used to travel on the subway between Queens and Julliard ...

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Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come

Friday, December 06, 2013

In 2013, the Library of Congress placed 25 new works into its National Recording Registry, a collection of historic music, speeches, and other audio documents that the Library will preserve for all time. One of those works was a 1959 record with the bold title The Shape of Jazz to Come ...

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Will Rogers’ Bacon, Beans, and Limousines

Friday, November 22, 2013

Before there was Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, even before Lennie Bruce, there was Will Rogers, America's first political comic. “There was a real gentleness to his form of satire that was truly admirable,” says Lewis Black, “It gave the same sting, but did not need to be done in the harsh fashion ...

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Four Neville Brothers + New Orleans Soul = The Wild Tchoupitoulas

Friday, November 15, 2013

In 1976, a record came out that brought the music of the Mardi Gras Indians to a wider audience. The Wild Tchoupitoulas featured all four Neville Brothers and the Meters, an all-star New Orleans backing band. The album was chosen for the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry this year ...

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The 2,000 Year Old Man

Friday, May 03, 2013

It began as a time-filler during a lull in the writer’s room; became a favorite party gag; then was captured on a 1961 album — “the comedian’s Bible,” says Billy Crystal. Carl Reiner, as the straight-man interviewer, would paint Mel Brooks, his millennia-old guest, into a corner, and Brooks ...


Remembering George Jones

Friday, April 26, 2013

George Jones, who died today at 81, talked with Studio 360 about his song "He Stopped Loving Her Today." It was chosen for preservation in 2008 in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

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George Jones: He Stopped Loving Her Today

Friday, April 19, 2013

George Jones talked to Studio 360 about his song "He Stopped Loving Her Today." It was chosen for preservation in 2008 in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

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Carmen Miranda: O Que è Que a Bahiana Tem

Friday, April 12, 2013

The samba “O Que è Que a Bahiana Tem” was recorded by the Brazilian singer Carmen Miranda in 1939. Dori Caymmi, the son of the songwriter, and biographer Martha Gil-Montero explain how the song brought Brazilian music to the global marketplace — with unforeseen ...


Donna Summer: I Feel Love

Friday, December 21, 2012

In 1977 Donna Summer released a single that changed the sound of dance music forever. It abandoned disco’s funky roots in favor of a driving electronic pulse. Summer’s voice was the only thing on “I Feel Love” not created by a synthesizer, recalls the song’s composer, Giorgio Moroder ...

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Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Friday, December 14, 2012

The soundtrack of the holidays is lousy with annoying songs about sleigh rides and snowmen, and beautiful old carols done up as treacly as possible. One of the saving graces this time of year is the music from A Charlie Brown Christmas, written by Vince Guaraldi. Guaraldi’s “Linus and Lucy” ...

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Love: Forever Changes

Friday, November 30, 2012

The year 1967 saw the release of two psychedelic pop masterpieces — one globally famous (the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper), the other nearly forgotten: Forever Changes, by Love. Sometimes referred to as Arthur Lee’s Love, it was one of the first mixed-race bands — “still to this day ...

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Gabby Pahinui: Hula Medley

Friday, November 16, 2012

Gabby Pahinui was a master of the style known as slack-key. His "Hula Medley," from 1947, helped introduce slack-key to the world, and it was chosen for the National Recording Registry in 2012. The song itself is unusual, recasting traditional melodies from hula (the narrative song ...

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Sons of the Pioneers: Tumbling Tumbleweeds

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Sons of the Pioneers pioneered one of the strangest branches of American music: singing cowboys.  Their 1934 song “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” made popular by a Gene Autry film of the same name, was written by Bob Nolan, a Canadian by birth who ...

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Professor Longhair: Tipitina

Friday, January 20, 2012

The New Orleans piano player Henry Roeland Byrd made a name for himself as Professor Longhair, a former street hustler turned self-taught musician who started recording in his early 30s. In 1953 Atlantic records released "Tipitina." “As a kid you heard that song seven or eight times ...

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Captain Beefheart: Trout Mask Replica

Friday, January 13, 2012

Trout Mask Replica (1969) is part free jazz, part blues, part beat poetry. Frank Zappa (who gave singer-songwriter Don van Vliet the name Captain Beefheart) produced the album. “It sounds like it's been made up on the spot,” describes Mike Barnes, van Vliet’s biographer. “But in fact it was ...

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