U.S. Library of Congress adds recordings by Duke Ellington and Max Roach

Recordings by jazz legends Duke Ellington and Max Roach are among the historically notable musical works added to the U.S. Library of Congress.

The newest additions to the National Recording Registry include Duke Ellington’s Ellington at Newport (1956), Max Roach’s We Insist! (1960), and the Buena Vista Social Club’s self-titled debut album (1997).

The list also includes James P. Johnson’s 1921 single Harlem Strut, Nat King Cole’s 1961 recording of The Christmas Song, and A Tribe Called Quest’s heavily jazz-influenced 1991 hip-hop album The Low End Theory.

Meanwhile in the pop and rock genres, this year’s additions included Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca, and Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’.

There were a total of 25 audio recordings spanning nearly a century that were inducted into the Registry this year.

“The National Recording Registry reflects the diverse music and voices that have shaped our nation’s history and culture through recorded sound,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “The national library is proud to help preserve these recordings, and we welcome the public’s input. We received about 1,000 public nominations this year for recordings to add to the Registry.”

You can see the full list here.


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