Listen to This: The Class of 2016

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The NFR’s sister organization The National Recording Registry recently announced their 25 selections for 2016. Congratulations to all artists involved! Here’s a run-down of all 25, with links where applicable.

1.  The 1888 London cylinder recordings of Col. George Gouraud (1888)

2.  “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (singles), Manhattan Harmony Four (1923); Melba Moore and Friends (1990)

3.  “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (single), Harry Richman (1929)

4.  “Over the Rainbow” (single), Judy Garland (1939)

5.  “I’ll Fly Away” (single), The Chuck Wagon Gang  (1948)

6.  “Hound Dog” (single),  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) [No link available, so here he is talking about Lucky Strike]

9.  “Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs,” Marty Robbins  (1959)

10. “The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery,” Wes Montgomery (1960)

11. “People” (single), Barbra Streisand (1964)

12. “In the Midnight Hour” (single), Wilson Pickett  (1965)

13. “Amazing Grace” (single), Judy Collins  (1970)

14. “American Pie” (single), 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” (single), 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)

We’ll see some of you again as future installments of “Listen to This”.

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