Jay-Z and Cyndi Lauper’s Aural Treasures Are Receiving One of Music’s Top Honors

Before the month of March turns into all about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, allow us to divert your consideration to a different coveted musical honor that simply launched its class of 2019. Per THR, the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress has introduced the listing of 25 songs, albums, and recordings it has deemed worthy of preservation this 12 months, as a result of their “cultural, historic, and aesthetic significance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage.” The genre-spanning listing of “aural treasures” contains Jay-Z’s Blueprint, Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual, in addition to the songs “September,” by Earth, Wind & Fire, “Sweet Caroline,” by Neil Diamond, “Soul Man,” by Sam and Dave, and “La Bamba,” by Ritchie Valens. Outside the realm of music, a ’50s-era episode of Gunsmoke and President Kennedy’s speech concerning the loss of life of Martin Luther King Jr. have been included, in addition to Ruth Draper’s monologues.

The full listing of this 12 months’s National Recording Registry inductees may be learn under, and grumble concerning the omissions within the feedback.

Yiddish Cylinders from the Standard Phonograph Co. of New York and the Thomas Lambert Co. (c. 1901–05)

“Memphis Blues” (single), Victor Military Band (1914)

Melville Jacobs Collection of Native Americans of the American Northwest (1929–39)

“Minnie the Moocher” (single), Cab Calloway (1931)

Bach Six Cello Suites (album), Pablo Casals (c. 1939)

“They Look Like Men of War” (single), Deep River Boys (1941)

Gunsmoke episode “The Cabin” (Dec. 27, 1952)

Ruth Draper: Complete Recorded Monologues 1954–56

“La Bamba” (single), Ritchie Valens (1958)

“Long Black Veil” (single), Lefty Frizzell (1959)

Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Vol. 1: The Early Years (album), Stan Freberg (1961)

GO (album), Dexter Gordon (1962)

War Requiem (album), Benjamin Britten (1963)

“Mississippi Goddam” (single), Nina Simone (1964)

“Soul Man” (single), Sam & Dave (1967)

Hair (authentic Broadway forged recording) (1968)

Speech on the Death of Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy (April four, 1968)

“Sweet Caroline” (single), Neil Diamond (1969)

Super Fly (album), Curtis Mayfield (1972)

Ola Belle Reed (album), Ola Belle Reed (1973)

“September” (single), Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)

“You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” (single), Sylvester (1978)

She’s So Unusual (album), Cyndi Lauper (1983)

Schoolhouse Rock!: The Box Set (1996)

The Blueprint (album), Jay-Z (2001)