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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Thursday, January 14, 2016
America’s most cerebral goofball made us fall in love with absurd comedy.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Linda Ronstadt’s “Heart Like a Wheel” made her a household name. Now it’s in the National Recording Registry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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,...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...