Everly Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Buck Owens among Library of Congress Inductees

Posted on April 2, 2014

The Everly Brothers’ hit “Cathy’s Clown,” Linda Ronstadt’s album Heart Like a Wheel,and the Louvin Brothers’ debut “When I Stop Dreamin” are among the acoustic-guitar-heavy recordings to be inducted this year into the National Recording Registry, officials from the Library of Congress announced today.

Other fretboard-working album inductees include flatpicker Mance Lipscomb’s 1960 Texas Sharecropper and Songster and Buck Owens and His Buckaroos’ 1966 live concert at Carnegie Hall.

Since the National Recording Preservation Act was passed in 2000, the Library of Congress each year has chosen 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” to be added to the NRR and their best existing version housed at the Library’s preservation facility in Culpeper, Virginia.

The inductees are pared down via nominations made online by the public, as well as suggestions by the National Recording Preservation Board, which is made up of experts in the music and sound-recording fields. Inducted works must be at least 10 years old.

Also among the 25 recordings selected in the 2013 class are U2’s groundbreaking 1987 album The Joshua Tree, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Vietnam-era anti-war rocker “Fortunate Son,” Jeff Buckley’s single “Hallelujah,” and the soundtrack to the movie Shaft by Isaac Hayes.

Not all the honorees are well-known chart-toppers. This year’s crop includes “The Laughing Song,” an 1890s novelty song sung by George Johnson, the nation’s first black recording artist; a 1962 comedy album spoofing JFK that was shelved following his assassination; a voluminous collection of the presidential conversations of Lyndon Johnson; and the Depression-era song “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”

Librarian of Congress James Billington said the inductees represent “an important part of America’s culture and history.”  

“As technology continually changes and formats become obsolete, we must ensure that our nation’s aural legacy is protected,” Billington said.

For more information, visit www.loc.gov/nrpb

Check out the Everly Brothers performing "Cathy's Clown" in the above clip from 1987.

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