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‘The Message’ Placed In Historical Archives

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Grandmaster Flash and The Furious 5’s 1982 record

"The Message," was one of the first 50 recordings placed in the The

National Recording Registry today (Jan. 27).

The Registry was created by Congress to preserve

recordings of historical and cultural significance.

"The Message" joins Thomas Edison’s

first recordings, President Roosevelt’s "fireside chats," and Scott

Joplin’s early 1900 ragtime records.

The library will be responsible for maintaining

the best available copies of each recording for archiving. The recordings will

be housed in Culpeper, Virginia. In order to make the list, the recordings had

to be at least 10 years old.

Here is the complete list of this year’s registry

choices:

1. Edison Exhibition Recordings (Group of three

cylinders): "Around the World on the Phonograph"; "The Pattison

Waltz"; "Fifth Regiment March" (1888-1889)

2. The Jesse Walter Fewkes field recordings of

the Passamaquoddy Indians (1890)

3. "Stars and Stripes Forever," military

band, Berliner Gramophone disc recording (1897)

4. Lionel Mapleson cylinder recordings of the

Metropolitan Opera (1900-1903)

5. Scott Joplin ragtime compositions on piano

rolls, Scott Joplin, piano (1900s)

6. Booker T. Washington’s 1895 Atlanta Exposition

Speech, (1906 recreation)

7. "Vesti la giubba" from Pagliacci,

Enrico Caruso (1907)

8. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," Fisk

Jubilee Singers (1909)

9. Lovey’s Trinidad String Band recordings for

Columbia Records (1912)

10. "Casey at the Bat," DeWolf Hopper,

reciting (1915)

11. "Tiger Rag," Original Dixieland

Jazz Band (1918)

12. "Arkansas Traveler and Sallie Gooden,"

Eck Robertson, fiddle (1922)

13. "Down-Hearted Blues," Bessie Smith

(1923)

14. "Rhapsody in Blue," George Gershwin,

piano; Paul Whiteman Orchestra (1924)

15. Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven

recordings, (1925-1928)

16. Victor Talking Machine Company sessions in

Bristol, Tennessee, Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Stoneman, and others

(1927)

17. Harvard Vocarium record series, T.S. Eliot,

W.H. Auden, others, reciting,(1930-1940s)

18. Highlander Center Field Recording Collection,

Rosa Parks, Esau Jenkins, others (1930s-1980s)

19. Bell Laboratories experimental stereo recordings,

Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski, conductor (1931-1932)

20. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio "Fireside

Chats" (1933-1944)

21. New Music Recordings series, Henry Cowell,

producer (1934-1949)

22. Description of the crash of the Hindenburg,

Herbert Morrison, reporting (1937)

23. "Who’s on First," Abbott and Costello’s

first radio broadcast version (1938)

24. "War of the Worlds," Orson Welles

and the Mercury Theater (1938)

25. "God Bless America," Kate Smith,

Radio broadcast premiere (1938)

26. "The Cradle Will Rock." Marc Blitzstein

and the original Broadway cast. (1938)

27. The John and Ruby Lomax Southern States Recording

Trip (1939)

28. Grand Ole Opry, first network radio broadcast,

Uncle Dave Macon, Roy Acuff, and others (1939)

29. "Strange Fruit," Billie Holiday

(1939)

30. Duke Ellington Orchestra "Blanton-Webster"

period recordings (1939-1942)

31. Bela Bartok, piano, and Joseph Szigeti, violin,

in concert at the Library of Congress (1940)

32. "Rite of Spring," Igor Stravinsky

conducting the New York Philharmonic (1940)

33. "White Christmas," Bing Crosby

(1942)

34. "This Land Is Your Land," Woody

Guthrie (1944)

35. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s D-Day radio address

to the Allied Nations (1944)

36. "Koko," Charlie Parker, Miles Davis,

Dizzy Gillespie, and others (1945)

37. "Blue Moon of Kentucky," Bill Monroe

and the Blue Grass Boys (1947)

38. "How High the Moon," Les Paul and

Mary Ford (1951)

39. Elvis Presley’s Sun Records sessions (1954-1955)

40. "Songs for Young Lovers," Frank

Sinatra (1955)

41. "Dance Mania," Tito Puente (1958)

42. "Kind of Blue," Miles Davis, John

Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, and others (1959)

43. "What’d I Say," parts 1 and 2,

Ray Charles (1959)

44. "I Have a Dream," speech by Dr.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1963)

45. "Freewheelin’," Bob Dylan. (1963)

46. "Respect!," Aretha Franklin. (1967)

47. "Philomel," for soprano, recorded

soprano, and synthesized sound, Bethany Beardslee, soprano (1971)

48. "Precious Lord: New Recordings of the

Great Gospel Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey," Thomas Dorsey, Marion Williams,

and others (1973)

49. Crescent City Living Legends Collection (WWOZ

radio, New Orleans) (1973-1990)

50. "The Message" Grandmaster Flash

and the Furious Five (1982)

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