NEW YORK, April 2 Music by Irish rock group U2,
jazz musician Art Blakey and rock-'n-roll singers the Everly
Brothers are among 25 sound recordings being added this year to
the U.S. Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
The list announced on Wednesday includes nearly every
musical category dating from 1896-1994 and brings the total
number of recordings on the registry to 400.
The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal
cultural institution, preserves the best existing version of
each recording on the registry.
"These recordings represent an important part of America's
culture and history," Librarian of Congress James H. Billington
said in a statement. "As technology continually changes and
formats become obsolete, we must ensure that our nation's aural
legacy is protected."
The list includes U2's 1987 album "The Joshua Tree," the
Everly Brother's 1960 hit "Cathy's Clown," Blakey's "A Night at
Birdland" album from 1954, and the original 1979 recording of
the musical "Sweeney Todd" by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler.
Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1969 war-protest song, "Fortunate
Son," also made the list.
Singer Linda Ronstadt's Grammy Award-winning album, "Heart
Like a Wheel," and the Depression-era tune "Brother, Can You
Spare a Dime," which spawned hit singles for Bing Crosby and
Rudy Vallee in 1932, will also be preserved in the Library of
Congress, along with Isaac Hayes' 1971 soundtrack album "Shaft."
The list was compiled from online nominations from the
public and the National Recording Preservation Board, which
consists of leaders in music, recorded sound and preservation.
Twenty-five selections are made each year and each recording
is at least 10 years old.
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)