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Library of Congress Adds Records by Santana, Billy Joel and Metallica to National Recording Registry

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The Library of Congress has announced the addition of 25 new records to the National Recording Registry, including classic albums and singles by Santana, Billy Joel and Metallica.

Santana’s Abraxas, Joel’s “Piano Man” and Metallica’s Master of Puppets are part of a collection of new Registry inductees that encompasses a wide variety of genres and stretches from the Columbia Quartette’s 1911 rendition of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” all the way to the mid-’80s. Each of the recordings, as per the Registry’s mission statement, “have been recognized for their cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s aural legacy.”

“These recordings, by a wide range of artists in many genres of music and in spoken word, will be preserved for future listeners,” said Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao. “This collection of blues, jazz, rock, country and classical recordings, interspersed with important recordings of sporting events, speeches, radio shows and comedy, helps safeguard the record of what we’ve done and who we are.”

The National Recording Registry’s latest additions extend a tradition dating back to 2002, further demonstrating a commitment to commemorating what they’ve deemed “the richness of the nation’s audio legacy” while helping ensure the long-term preservation of some of America’s most culturally impactful music. Take a look at the complete list of new additions below, and visit the Library of Congress for the complete Registry listing.

2015 National Recording Registry (Listing in Chronological Order)
“Let Me Call You Sweetheart”—Columbia Quartette (The Peerless Quartet) (1911)
“Wild Cat Blues”—Clarence Williams’ Blue Five (1923)
“Statesboro Blues”—Blind Willie McTell (1928)
“Bonaparte’s Retreat”—W.H. Stepp (1937)
Mahler Symphony No. 9—Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Bruno Walter, conductor. (1938)
“Carousel of American Music”—George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Arthur Freed, Shelton Brooks, Hoagy Carmichael, others (September 24, 1940)
“Vic and Sade”—Episode: “Decoration Day.” (June 4, 1937) Radio
The “Marshall Plan” Speech—George C. Marshall (June 5, 1947)
“Destination Freedom”—Episodes: “A Garage in Gainesville” and “Execution Awaited” (September 25, October 2, 1949)
Original soundtrack from A Streetcar Named Desire —Alex North, composer. (1951)
Cry Me a River”—Julie London (1955)
“Mack the Knife” (singles)—Louis Armstrong (1956); Bobby Darin (1959).
Fourth-quarter radio coverage of Wilt Chamberlin’s 100-point game (Philadelphia Warriors vs. New York Knicks)—Bill Campbell, announcer (March 2, 1962)
A Love Supreme —John Coltrane (1964)
It’s My Way —Buffy Sainte-Marie (1964) (album)
“Where Did Our Love Go” (single)—The Supremes (1964)
“People Get Ready” (single)—The Impressions (1965)
“Mama Tried” (single)—Merle Haggard (1968)
Abraxas—Santana (1970)
Class Clown—George Carlin (1972)
Robert and Clara Schumann Complete Piano Trios —The Beaux Arts Trio (1972)
“Piano Man” (single)—Billy Joel (1973)
Bogalusa Boogie—Clifton Chenier (1976)
“I Will Survive”—Gloria Gaynor (1978)
Master of Puppets—Metallica (1986)

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