NEW YORK (AP) – Dr. Dre’s classic debut rap album â€œThe Chronic,” Selena’s sophomore release â€œVen Conmigo” and the worldwide disco hit â€œY.M.C.A.” by the Village People are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry.
The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that Tina Turner’s â€œPrivate Dancer,” Glen Campbell’s â€œWichita Lineman” – written by Jimmy Webb – and Whitney Houston’s No. 1 hit and cover of Dolly Parton’s â€œI Will Always Love You” are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year.
The library selects titles for preservation because of their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape. The titles have to be at least 10 years old.
Others that made the list include Russ Hodgesâ€™ play-by-play of the National League tiebreaker between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951; the original 1964 Broadway cast recording of â€œFiddler on the Roofâ€; the announcement of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by the Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor during the recording of a live performance on Nov. 22, 1963; songs from â€œMister Rogersâ€™ Neighborhood”; field recordings of over 50 hours of traditional Afghan music; and albums by Dusty Springfield, Cheap Trick and Maria Schneider.