The Library of Congress has selected 25 “sounds” that have shaped American culture to be catalogued. While the sounds do include classic moments from popular music such as the late Donna Summer’s 1977 song “I Feel Love” and a recording of The Grateful Dead’s 1977 concert at Barton Hall, the collection also features the only known audio of American slaves who were interviewed in the 1930s. Also featured is sound from a talking doll created by Thomas Edison in 1888 that is believed to be the earliest commercial sound recording.
Other songs that will be archived in the National Recording Registry this year include “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton, “Purple Rain” by Prince and “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang, a song that is widely credited with launching the hip hop genre. Visit the Library of Congress website for more info.