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Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Among Selections Chosen for National Preservation Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
ImageThe Library of Congressin Washington DC has announced this year's 25 recordings that have been selected for national presevation due to their cultural significance.  Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album, the best selling pop album of all-time, tops the list of 25 for 2007.
The Library of Congress formlulate the National Recording Registry to attempt to preserve the aural history of the nation by archiving recordings that have been labeled "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Some of the recordings that were inducted this year include; Jazz artist Herbie Hancock's "Headhunters, works by Roy Orbison, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, as well as recordings such as, Harry Truman's 1948 Democratic National Convention speech, radio broadcasts from Ronald Regan, and the original cast recording of "My Fair Lady".

The Library of Congress chooses 25 recordings each year to preserve and add to the Recording Registry.  This recordings are choosen by a board from the Library of Congress as well as by online suggestions from the public.  With these latest 25 recordings, the Registry's total is at 250.

See the Full List of selected recordings for 2007 below:

The First Trans-Atlantic Broadcast (March 14, 1925)

"Allons a Lafayette," Joseph Falcon (1928)

"Casta Diva," from Bellini's Norma. Rosa Ponselle; accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Giulio Setti. (Recorded December 31, 1928, and January 30, 1929.)

"If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again," Thomas A. Dorsey (1934)

"Sweet Lorraine," by Art Tatum (1940)

Fibber's Closet Opens for the First Time, Fibber McGee and Molly radio program (March 4, 1940)

Wings Over Jordan radio broadcast (May 10, 1942)

Fiorello LaGuardia reading the comics (1945)

"Call it Stormy Monday but Tuesday is Just As Bad," T-Bone Walker (1947)

Harry S. Truman Speech at the 1948 Democratic National Convention (July 15th, 1948)

"The Jazz Scene," various artists (1949)

"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," Kitty Wells (Recorded May 30, 1952)

"My Fair Lady," original cast recording (1956)

Navajo Shootingway Ceremony Field Recordings representing the David McAllester Collection (Recorded by David McAllester 1957-1958)

"‘Freight Train,' and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes," Elizabeth Cotten (1959)

United States Marine Band (1963)

"Oh, Pretty Woman," Roy Orbison (1964)

"Tracks of My Tears," Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (1965)

"You'll Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song," Ella Jenkins (1966)

"Music from the Morning of the World," Various Artists, Recorded by David Lewiston (1966)

"For the Roses," Joni Mitchell (1972)

"Headhunters," Herbie Hancock (1973)

Ronald Reagan Radio Broadcasts (1976-1979)

"The Sounds of Earth," Disc prepared for the Voyager spacecraft (1977)

"Thriller," Michael Jackson (1982)

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