Signature songs from Tony Bennett, Bill Haley & His Comets, The Temptations, Kenny Rogers, Arlo Guthrie and Chic and iconic albums from Fleetwood Mac, Run-DMC and Groucho Marx have been selected by the National Recording Registry to be preserved, it was announced Wednesday.
The Library of Congress' Registry each year honors 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" recordings, and among the aural treasures making the cut this time around are the soundtrack of The Sound of Music (1965); The Ink Spots' "If I Didn't Care," one of the biggest-selling songs of all time, from 1939; Kenny Loggins' 1984 colossal hit "Footloose"; and Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine's sweeping 1987 single "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You."
The recordings in the Registry now number 500, and it seems hard to believe that Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" from 1962; Haley's 1954 rock 'n' roll standard "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock"; The Temptations' lovely 1964 chart-topper "My Girl"; Rogers' trademark 1978 hit "The Gambler"; Guthrie's 1967 anti-war classic "Alice's Restaurant Massacree"; and Chic's 1978 disco sensation "Le Freak" had been missing until now.
"I'm totally overwhelmed by 'My Girl' receiving such an honor," Smokey Robinson, who co-wrote and co-produced the Motown staple with fellow Miracle Ronald White, said in a statement. "As a songwriter, it has become my international anthem. People in countries where English is not the primary language know and sing 'My Girl' when I perform it."
Bennett noted that he sang "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" in October 1962 on the first Tonight Show that Johnny Carson hosted. (Other guests that night: Rudy Vallee, Mel Brooks and Joan Crawford.)
Rogers said that contrary to its title, "['The Gambler'] was not written about gambling, it was written with a very personal look at life. To say I'm proud is an understatement. It speaks very highly for Don Schlitz's writing ability."
"I actually wrote it in my head," Schlitz said. "To have anyone listen to any of your songs and appreciate any of them is miraculous, is great. To have Kenny Rogers sing one of your songs is way over the moon."
Albums chosen include 1946's Folk Songs of the Hills from Merle Travis; Harry Belafonte's Calypso from 1956; the Carnegie Hall-set comedy recording An Evening With Groucho from 1972; Fleetwood Mac's Rumours from 1977; and Run-DMC's Raising Hell from 1986.
"The thing that I remember most about Raising Hell is that it was so much great energy that it was made very easily," Run-DMC's Joseph Simmons (aka Rev. Run) said. "To think that something that just came out of my mouth and out of my creativity is being put on this level of honor just blows my mind."
The oldest and newest pieces on the list are from the world of classical music — the 1911 recording of "Dream Melody Intermezzo: Naughty Marietta" by Victor Herbert and his Orchestra and 1996's Yo-Yo Ma Premieres: Concertos for Violoncello and Orchestra.
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