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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Steve Martin’s “A Wild and Crazy Guy”

Thursday, January 14, 2016

America’s most cerebral goofball made us fall in love with absurd comedy.


“The Boys of the Lough”

Thursday, January 07, 2016

In the 1920s, you had to know an Irish person to hear Irish music. Michael Coleman’s “The Boys of the Lough” came along, and we’re still hearing the reverberations.

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"Sorry, Wrong Number"

Thursday, November 26, 2015

“Sorry, Wrong Number” broke all the rules of radio drama by killing off its main character — a harmless, if unpleasant, bedridden woman.

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Sly and the Family Stone Want You to Stand Up

Thursday, November 19, 2015

In 1969, Sly and The Family Stone provided a funky soundtrack to the fight for freedom and equality. It’s just as relevant now as it was then.


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 si...

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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 ...

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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 sati...

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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 ...

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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,...


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 ho...


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 o...

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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...

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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 ref...

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