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Simon & Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, The Ramones And Others Enter The National Recording Registry
Friday, March 22, 2013
Simon & Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, The Ramones And Others Enter The National Recording Registry
Simon & Garfunkel, the Ramones, Chubby Checker, the Bee Gees, and Pink Floyd are all among the artists whose work has been selected for the 2013 National Recording Registry. Every year, the Library's National Recording Preservation Board selects 25 recordings that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" and are, at least, a decade old.
 
Art Garfunkel talked about Simon & Garfunkel's 1966 album Sounds Of Silence being inducted into the Registry, telling The Associated Press: "When you look at the little mesh, wire microphone. . . and you address people on the other side of the mic, you hope that your performance will be special, and you hope that it will have lasting power. . . (we thought) if we do really good and give a very special performance to these great Paul Simon songs, we might last right into the next century and be appreciated."
 
Paul Simon recalled how legendary producer Tom Wilson dubbed electric guitars, bass, organ and drums on to the existing acoustic-based track of "The Sound Of Silence," resurrecting the song from certain obscurity: "First of all, I didn't even hear about until it was already out and sort of making a little bit of noise. 'The Sound Of Silence' was out, had come out for a year on an album called, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. -- and that album came out and disappeared. So when they decided to overdub whatever they wanted; first of all, no one asked me, second of all, it was already a dead issue, so I didn't really mind."
 
The 2013 National Recording Registry inductees are (via Vintage Vinyl News):
"After You've Gone" - Marion Harris (1918)
"Bacon, Beans And Limousines" - Will Rogers (Oct. 18, 1931)
"Begin The Beguine" - Artie Shaw (1938)
"You Are My Sunshine" - Jimmie Davis (1940)
D-Day Radio Broadcast - George Hicks (June 5-6, 1944)
Just Because - Frank Yankovic & His Yanks (1947)
South Pacific - Original Cast Album (1949)
Descargas: Cuban Jam Session in Miniature - Cachao Y Su Ritmo Caliente (1957)
Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 - Van Cliburn (April 11, 1958)
President's Message Relayed from Atlas Satellite, Dwight D. Eisenhower (Dec. 19, 1958)
A Program Of Song - Leontyne Price (1959)
The Shape of Jazz To Come - Ornette Coleman (1959)
Crossing Chilly Jordan - The Blackwood Brothers (1960)
"The Twist" - Chubby Checker (1960)
Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's - Clarence Ashley, Doc Watson, et al. (1960-1962)
Hoodoo Man Blues - Junior Wells (1965)
The Sounds Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel (1966)
Cheap Thrills - Big Brother & The Holding Company (1968)
The Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd (1973)
Music Time In Africa - Leo Sarkisian, host (July 29, 1973)
Wild Tchoupitoulas - The Wild Tchoupitoulas (1976)
Ramones - The Ramones (1976)
Saturday Night Fever - The Bee Gees, et al (1977)
Einstein On The Beach - Philip Glass and Robert Wilson (1979)
The Audience With Betty Carter - Betty Carter (1980)

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