Recordings by The Eagles, Don McLean, Wilson Pickett added to National Recording Registry

Asylum RecordsSeminal recordings by The Eagles, Don McLean and Wilson Pickett have been chosen for preservation by the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

The registry chooses recordings each year based on their “cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage,” according to the Library of Congress.

The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975), one of the best-selling albums of all time, is on this year’s list of recordings to be preserved, as is Don McLean’s 1971 opus “American Pie.”

In a statement, McLean said, “With few exceptions American music is the whole of popular music. We have done it all. Written the greatest songs and produced the greatest artists. I am so proud to be a part of this creative effort.”  

Several notable singles also made this year’s list: Pickett’s 1965 classic “In the Midnight Hour,” Big Mama Thornton’s original 1953 version of “Hound Dog,” Sister Sledge’s 1979 smash “We Are Family,” Judy Collins’ 1970 recording of “Amazing Grace,” and Barbra Streisand’s signature tune, 1964’s “People.”

Streisand said in a statement, “It is so humbling and gratifying to learn that my recording of the song ‘People’ by composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill will be installed in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress…I believe ‘People’ touched our common desire to relate to others with love and caring, and I’ve always tried to express this in my renditions of this magical song.”

Also on this year’s list: David Bowie’s 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Talking Heads’ 1980 album Remain in Light, and the original 1975 cast recording of the musical The Wiz.

More info on the individual recordings is at the Library of Congress website.

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