[JPL] Jazz, Blues and Pop Tunes Lead National Recording Registry
jumpmonk at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 6 22:27:31 EDT 2011
I'm surprised that no one has commented on the final (25th) entry to this year's list. I assumed it might be controversial, but I'm not sure people even read past the press release.
> Jazz, Blues and Pop Tunes Lead National Recording Registry
> The latest additions to the National Recording Registry of the Library
> of Congress have been announced. A total of 25 were named, including a
> series of interviews that Willis Conover did with jazz musicians for the
> Voice of America.
> Of most interest might be what are called the first known audio
> recordings. Made by Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville and called
> “phonautograms,” they were made in 1853 or 1854 by using a boar bristle
> as a scribe, marking onto blacked glass plates. They were not meant to
> be listened to; Scott was using them for acoustic research, but modern
> technology has allowed the guitar and voice recordings to be heard.
> Musical offerings include a large number of jazz, blues and pop
> recordings from the likes of Blind Willie Johnson, Professor Longhair,
> Henry Mancini (“Peter Gunn”), Captain Beefheart, Al Green (“Let’s Stay
> Together”), Steely Dan (“Aja”) and De La Soul. The Boswell Sisters with
> the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, Tammy Wynette (“Stand by Your Man”) and
> the Sons of the Pioneers (“Tumbling Tumbleweeds”) also made the cut.
> Nonmusical recordings include “Songs of the Humpback Whale,” a sermon
> from Rev. C.L. Franklin (Aretha’s father), a Mort Sahl performance and a
> series of spoken recordings by “Ishi,” the last Yahi Indian speaking in
> his own language.
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