Everly Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Buck Owens among Library of Congress Inductees
The Everly Brothersâ€™ hit â€śCathyâ€™s Clown,â€ť Linda Ronstadtâ€™s album Heart Like a Wheel,and the Louvin Brothersâ€™ debut â€śWhen I Stop Dreaminâ€ť 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 Lipscombâ€™s 1960 Texas Sharecropper and Songster and Buck Owens and His Buckaroosâ€™ 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 â€śculturally, historically, or aesthetically significantâ€ť to be added to the NRR and their best existing version housed at the Libraryâ€™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 U2â€™s groundbreaking 1987 album The Joshua Tree, Creedence Clearwater Revivalâ€™s Vietnam-era anti-war rocker â€śFortunate Son,â€ť Jeff Buckleyâ€™s single â€śHallelujah,â€ť and the soundtrack to the movie Shaft by Isaac Hayes.
Not all the honorees are well-known chart-toppers. This yearâ€™s crop includes â€śThe Laughing Song,â€ť an 1890s novelty song sung by George Johnson, the nationâ€™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 â€śBrother, Can You Spare a Dime?â€ť
Librarian of Congress James Billington said the inductees represent â€śan important part of Americaâ€™s culture and history.â€ť
â€śAs technology continually changes and formats become obsolete, we must ensure that our nationâ€™s aural legacy is protected,â€ť 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.