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‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Ziggy Stardust’ Enter Library of Congress

Talking Heads’ ‘Remain in Light,’ Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour,” Don McLean’s “American Pie” also added to National Recording Registry

'Straight Outta Compton' Added to Library of Congress'Straight Outta Compton' Added to Library of Congress

N.W.A's 'Straight Outta Compton' and David Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust' among the 25 recordings named to Library of Congress' National Registry.

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N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, Talking HeadsRemain in Light and EaglesTheir Greatest Hits are among the 25 recordings named to Library of Congress‘ National Recording Registry.

The Class of 2016 also includes Wilson Pickett’s classic “In the Midnight Hour,” Don McLean’s “American Pie,” Richard Pryor’s Wanted: Live in Concert, Big Mama Thornton’s original 1952 recording of Leiber & Stoller’s “Hound Dog” and more.

“This year’s exciting list gives us a full range of sound experiences,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement. “These sounds of the past enrich our understanding of the nation’s cultural history and our history in general.”

The 25 inductees bring the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry’s total number of titles to 475. Other newly anointed “aural treasures” range from Judy Garland’s Wizard of Oz anthem “Over the Rainbow” and a 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers broadcast announced by the legendary Vin Scully to the first All Things Considered broadcast in 1971 and Streisand’s 1964 debut single “People.”

“It is so humbling and gratifying to learn that my recording of the song ‘People’ by composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill will be installed in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress,” Streisand said in a statement. “This is the prestigious treasure house in which American art is archived and acknowledged as part of the flow of our nation’s culture. I believe ‘People’ touched our common desire to relate to others with love and caring, and I’ve always tried to express this in my renditions of this magical song.”

Of the Eagles’ Greatest Hits inclusion, Don Henley told the Los Angeles Times, “Some anthropologists say that humankind has about 1,000 more years of existence on this planet. So, one might logically ask, ‘What’s the point of archiving these recordings?’ We do it for the same reason ancient cave dwellers made drawings on the walls of their caves – to say, ‘We were here and this is what our life was like.'”

View the complete list of new Library of Congress honorees below:

1. The 1888 London cylinder recordings of Col. George Gouraud (1888)
2. “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Manhattan Harmony Four (1923); Melba Moore and Friends (1990)
3. “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” Harry Richman (1929)
4. “Over the Rainbow,” Judy Garland (1939)
5. “I’ll Fly Away,” The Chuck Wagon Gang (1948)
6. “Hound Dog,” Big Mama Thornton (1953)
7. Saxophone Colossus, Sonny Rollins (1956)
8. The Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, announced by Vin Scully (September 8, 1957)
9. Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, Marty Robbins (1959)
10. The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery, Wes Montgomery (1960)
11. “People,” Barbra Streisand (1964)
12. “In the Midnight Hour,” Wilson Pickett (1965)
13. “Amazing Grace,” Judy Collins (1970)
14. “American Pie,” Don McLean (1971)
15. “All Things Considered,” first broadcast (May 3, 1971)
16. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, David Bowie (1972)
17. The Wiz, original cast album (1975)
18. Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975), Eagles (1976)
19. Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, Gunter Schuller, arr. (1976)
20. Wanted: Live in Concert, Richard Pryor (1978)
21. “We Are Family,” Sister Sledge (1979)
22. Remain in Light, Talking Heads (1980)
23. Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A (1988)
24. Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Robert Shaw Festival Singers (1990)
25. Signatures, Renée Fleming (1997)


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