National Recording Registry adds 50 items

April 5, 2005 at 12:34 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Recording Registry has 50 new additions -- including a report on Charles Lindbergh and songs from Sophie Tucker and Nirvana.

Librarian of Congress James Billington announced the additions Tuesday.

Most of the recordings are music -- including Tucker's 1911 recording of "Some of These Days" and Nirvana's 1991 album "Nevermind" -- but there were also famous speeches, including Gen. Douglas MacArthur's "Old Soldiers Never Die" speech to Congress in 1951; and news, including coverage of Lindbergh's arrival in Washington after his 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic.

Also included were an Alexander Scourby 1966 reading of the King James version of the Bible, Glenn Miller's "In the Mood' (1939); A Jack Benny radio program (1948) and James Brown's "Live at the Apollo" (1965).

The oldest recording selected this year was 1898's "Gypsy Love Song" by Eugene Cowles and the latest was "Nevermind."

The National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 mandates the librarian of Congress each year designate recordings that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" for the National Recording Registry.

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