Janet Jackson, Kermit added to U.S. Library of Congress Recording Registry

Janet Jackson’s socially conscious album Rhythm Nation 1814, Louis Armstrong’s jazzy When the Saints Go Marching In and Nas’ debut release Illmatic are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry.

The U.S. Library of Congress announced Wednesday that Labelle’s song Lady Marmalade and Kool & the Gang’s Celebration are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year. The national library chose a few more memorable titles including Kermit the Frog’s The Rainbow Connection.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said they received about 900 public nominations this year for recordings to add to the registry. 

“The National Recording Registry will preserve our history through these vibrant recordings of music and voices that have reflected our humanity and shaped our culture from the past 143 years,” Hayden said in a statement. 

The library selects titles for preservation because of their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape. The titles have to be at least 10 years old.

The registry is adding the 1941 Christmas Eve radio broadcast by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Others that made the list include the soap opera theme song, The Guiding Light, Connie Smith’s single Once a Day, Albert King’s album Born Under a Bad Sign

Phil Rizzuto’s 1961 radio play-by-play of Roger Maris’ 61st homerun — which surpassed Babe Ruth’s previous record — was also added to the registry.
 

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