Run-DMC Album Added To U.S. National Recording Registry

AllHipHop Staff

Run-DMC's classic album is now a national treasure

(AllHipHop News) A groundbreaking album by Run-DMC has been selected for preservation in America's Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.

Run-DMC's beloved 1986 album Raising Hell and Harry Belafonte's Calypso, and the soundtrack to the 1965 film "The Sound of Music" were among the albums selected for inclusion.

Raising Hell thrust Run-DMC to mainstream success, with "Walk This Way," a collaboration with rockers Aerosmith, its biggest hit.

Speaking to The Washington Post about the significance of that track and the album, the hip-hop group's Reverend Run, real name Joseph Simmons, said, "It ('Walk This Way') spun us out of control huge. It definitely pushed that album over the top to make us universal."

A number of famous songs will also be inducted into the Library, including Kenny Loggins' theme song from the movie "Footloose," Kenny Rogers', "The Gambler," Chic's disco classic "Le Freak," Bill Haley and His Comets' "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock," and Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."

America's National Recording Registry was established in 2002, and each year 25 significant records are selected by members of its board after submissions by the public.

Last year's selections, included albums by N.W.A., The Eagles, and Talking Heads, with Judy Garland's Over the Rainbow also picked.