A week after the death of Donna Summer, the singer has joined the performers who work has been judged “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and preserved in the archives of the Library Of Congress, as part of the United States National Recording Registry. Every year since 2006, the Registry board has added 25 selections to its collection; Summer made it in via her Giorgio Moroder-produced 1977 disco smash “I Feel Love.” This year’s typically diverse list includes recordings by Lillian Russell (“Come Down Ma Evenin Star”), Ruth Etting (“Ten Cents A Dance”), Stan Kenton (“Artistry In Rhythm:), the interracial, all-woman jazz group the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm, the Dixie Hummingbirds (“Let’s Go Out To The Programs”), Bo Diddley, Booker T. & The M.G.’s (“Green Onions”), Love (Forever Changes), Dolly Parton (“Coat Of Many Colors”), Parliament (Mothership Connection), the Sugarhill Gang (“Rapper’s Delight”), and Prince (Purple Rain). Also included: a compilation of interviews with former slaves recorded mostly in the 1930s, Leonard Bernstein’s debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Vince Guraldi’s soundtrack to the first Peanuts TV special, and a famed 1977 Grateful Dead concert tape that all the Deadheads who work at the LOC presumably toke up to on their lunch breaks. You can check out the full list here, on your way to iTunes. [Via The New York Times]
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