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Songs by Jay-Z, Lauper being added to National Recording Registry

5 months 1 day 13 hours ago Wednesday, March 20 2019 Mar 20, 2019 March 20, 2019 5:31 AM March 20, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Songs performed by Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper, and a Robert F. Kennedy speech are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry.

The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that "La Bamba," ''Gunsmoke" and "Hair" are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year. The national library chose a few more memorable titles including Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" and Sam & Dave's "Soul Man."

The registry is adding Kennedy's recorded speech after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 assassination, two months before Kennedy was killed. Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly," Lauper's "She's So Unusual" and Jay-Z's "Blueprint" album are being added.

The library selects titles for preservation because of their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape.

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