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'Dark Side Of The Moon' Now Added to National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress

Published 8 years ago on March 22, 2013

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

'Dark Side Of The Moon' Now Added to National RecordingRegistry of the U.S. Library of Congress -

Pink Floyd 'Dark Side Of TheMoon' has now been added to the National RecordingRegistry 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 andhistoric importance to the nation.

The selections named to the registry feature an array ofspoken-word and musical recordings-representing nearly everymusical category-spanning the years 1918-1980.

Joining the Pink Floyd classic will beChubby Checker's 1960's dance hit 'The Twistand Sounds of Silence' by Simon andGarfunkel.

Each year, 25 "culturally" or "historically" significantrecordings are added to the registry, which was first establishedin 2000.

"The Dark Side of the Moon" has been a popular nominee amongthe 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 onegeneration to the next," he says. "It was an album thatstrived to deal with big things rather than just get on the stageand bang out loud sounds."

The album is also celebrating its 40th anniversary thisyear.

2012 National Recording Registry (Listing inChronological Order)

01. "After You've Gone," Marion Harris (1918)
02. "Bacon, Beans and Limousines," Will Rogers (Oct. 18,1931)
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 RitmoCaliente (1957)
09. Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, Van Cliburn (April 11,1958)
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, DocWatson, 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(1968)
19. "The Dark Side of the Moon," Pink Floyd (1973)
20. "Music Time in Africa," Leo Sarkisian, host (July 29,1973)
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(1979)
25. "The Audience with Betty Carter," Betty Carter (1980)


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