'Dark Side Of The Moon' Now Added to National Recording
Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress -
Pink Floyd 'Dark Side Of The
Moon' has now been added to the National Recording
Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress.
Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington announced on Thursday
(21st March) the addition of 25 sound recordings to the registry,
marked for preservation because of their cultural, artistic and
historic importance to the nation.
The selections named to the registry feature an array of
spoken-word and musical recordings-representing nearly every
musical category-spanning the years 1918-1980.
Joining the Pink Floyd classic will be
Chubby Checker's 1960's dance hit 'The Twist
and Sounds of Silence' by Simon and
Each year, 25 "culturally" or "historically" significant
recordings are added to the registry, which was first established
"The Dark Side of the Moon" has been a popular nominee among
the public and members of the board for several years,
says Pat Loughney, the head of the National Recording Registry.
"It struck a cultural resonance that has made the leap from one
generation to the next," he says. "It was an album that
strived to deal with big things rather than just get on the stage
and bang out loud sounds."
The album is also celebrating its 40th anniversary this
2012 National Recording Registry (Listing in
01. "After You've Gone," Marion Harris (1918)
02. "Bacon, Beans and Limousines," Will Rogers (Oct. 18,
03. "Begin the Beguine," Artie Shaw (1938)
04. "You Are My Sunshine," Jimmie Davis (1940)
05. D-Day Radio Broadcast, George Hicks (June 5-6, 1944)
06. "Just Because," Frank Yankovic & His Yanks (1947)
07. "South Pacific," Original Cast Album (1949)
08. "Descargas: Cuban Jam Session in Miniature," Cachao Y Su Ritmo
09. Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, Van Cliburn (April 11,
10. President's Message Relayed from Atlas Satellite, Dwight D.
Eisenhower (Dec. 19, 1958)
11. "A Program of Song," Leontyne Price (1959)
12. "The Shape of Jazz to Come," Ornette Coleman (1959)
13. "Crossing Chilly Jordan," The Blackwood Brothers (1960)
14. "The Twist," Chubby Checker (1960)
15. "Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's," Clarence Ashley, Doc
Watson, et al. (1960-1962)
16. "Hoodoo Man Blues," Junior Wells (1965)
17. "Sounds of Silence," Simon and Garfunkel (1966)
18. "Cheap Thrills," Big Brother and the Holding Company
19. "The Dark Side of the Moon," Pink Floyd (1973)
20. "Music Time in Africa," Leo Sarkisian, host (July 29,
21. "Wild Tchoupitoulas," The Wild Tchoupitoulas (1976)
22. "Ramones," The Ramones (1976)
23. "Saturday Night Fever," The Bee Gees, et al (1977)
24. "Einstein on the Beach," Philip Glass and Robert Wilson
25. "The Audience with Betty Carter," Betty Carter (1980)
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