One of Jackson Browne‘s acclaimed early albums is among the notable recordings that have been added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
Browne’s third studio effort, 1974’s Late for the Sky, was one of 25 new additions to the registry. Late for the Sky reached #14 on the Billboard 200 and while it featured no hit singles, it included such enduring songs as “Fountain of Sorrow,” “For a Dancer” and “Before the Deluge.” It went on to be RIAA certified Platinum for sales of over a million copies in the U.S.
Each year, 25 recordings are selected for inclusion in the National Recording Registry that are at least 10 years old and that are judged to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
This year’s list of also includes blues great Albert King‘s 1967 album Born Under a Bad Sign, reggae artist Jimmy Cliff‘s groundbreaking 1972 soundtrack to The Harder They Come, Labelle‘s 1974 smash single “Lady Marmalade,” Kool & the Gang‘s enduring 1980 party track, “Celebration,” and Janet Jackson‘s record-setting 1989 album, Rhythm Nation 1814.
Among the other well-known or historic recordings picked for the registry this year: Louis Amstrong‘s 1938 version of “When the Saints Go Marching In”; sportscaster Phil Rizzuto‘s iconic play-by-play of the New York Yankees’ Roger Maris hitting his 61st home run in 1961; 1972’s Free to Be…You & Me by Marlo Thomas & Friends, a star-studded children’s album about gender equality; and Kermit the Frog‘s “The Rainbow Connection,” from 1979’s The Muppet Movie.
Check out the full list at LOC.gov.
By Matt Friedlander and Andrea Dresdale
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