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Sit back and listen a spell to the classic sounds of America

Beginning in 2000, the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress took charge of preserving the nation's aural history. Each year it adds another 25 recordings to the collection stored at a state-of-the-art facility in Culpepper, Va. The latest selections, announced May 14, were, as always, a rich mix of spoken and musical recordings – from "Allons a Lafayette," the first commercially recorded traditional Cajun music, from 1925, to President Truman's feisty speech at the 1948 Democratic National Convention. A sampling of the other new recordings added to the library's repository of aural heritage, with the year each was recorded and the artist when applicable (the complete list is on the library's website,

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First transatlantic broadcast (1925)
"Sweet Lorraine" (1940) by Art Tatum
New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia reading the comics (1945)
"My Fair Lady" (1956) original cast recording
Navajo healing ceremonies (1957-58)
"Oh, Pretty Woman" (1964) by Roy Orbison
"Tracks of My Tears" (1965) by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
"For the Roses" (1972) by Joni Mitchell
"The Sounds of Earth" (1977) life sounds and greetings recorded for Voyager spacecraft flight
"Thriller" (1982) bestselling album of all time by Michael Jackson