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Jay-Z, Nina Simone, Ritchie Valens Recordings Added to National Registry

Library of Congress also places RFK speech and 'Schoolhouse Rock!' on its annual list

Selected National Registry Recordings for 2019

Songs performed by Jay-Z, Ritchie Valens and Cyndi Lauper, and a Robert F. Kennedy speech are among the 25 new additions to the National Recording Registry.

The Library of Congress announced this week that Valens’ 1958 hit “La Bamba,” a 1952 radio episode of ‘'Gunsmoke” and the 1968 original Broadway cast recording of the musical “Hair” were tapped for preservation this year. The national library chose other memorable music titles, including Neil Diamond's “Sweet Caroline,” Earth, Wind & Fire's “September” and Sam & Dave's “Soul Man."

The library selects titles for preservation because of their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape.

The registry added Kennedy's speech recorded after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968 — two months before the presidential candidate himself was assassinated.

Musical additions include the albums “Superfly” by Curtis Mayfield, “She's So Unusual” by Lauper, “The Blueprint” by Jay-Z and the box set of songs from the children's educational television show “Schoolhouse Rock!” Other songs new to the registry are Nina Simone's “Mississippi Goddam” and Sylvester's “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)." 

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