Library Of Congress Unveils Latest Preservation Titles: Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Sister Sledge, More

Broadway World reports:

Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow” Barbra Streisand’s “People” and the original cast album of Broadway’s THE WIZ are among the 25 titles which will be preserved by the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry for 2016. Each year, the Librarian of Congress selects 25 songs that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and at least 10 years old. This year’s collection spans the years 1888 to 1997, bringing the total number of songs on the Registry’s list to 475.

Upon learning that her song “People”, composed by Jule Styne with lyrics by Bob Merrill, had been selected, Barbra Streisand commented that the honor was both “humbling and gratifying.” “This is the prestigious treasure house in which American art is archived and acknowledged as part of the flow of our nation’s culture,” she said. “I believe ‘People’ touched our common desire to relate to others with love and caring, and I’ve always tried to express this in my renditions of this magical song.”

  • MaryJOGrady

    Excellent choices all, I think.
    Putting N.W.A on the list is really going to fry some racist Republican bacon.

    • marshlc

      Which is always a good thing.

      • F.W.A.

        Yeah, maybe they’ll cut funding for the arts or something.

        Too much riff-raff on the list for my tastes. They should probably make these additions every 10 years or so.

  • bkmn

    One more good thing Trump will try to destroy. We really need the omnipotent sky creature to deliver some serious karma to him.

  • another_steve

    I’m delighted to see Judy Collins on the list.

    Coincidentally, the man and I have tickets to see her perform this coming Saturday at the Jim Rouse Theater here in Central Maryland.

  • madknits

    Thank Dog it’s the Broadway cast recording of The Wiz and not the movie version.

  • TJay229

    Oooooooo when the party started off with “You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge” It was OVAH…!

    “Straight outta Compton, crazy motherfucker named Ice Cube From the gang called Niggas Wit Attitudes.. ” That was a FLAWLESS CD back in the day, and so was Easy’s… Just flawless.

    I’m also elated that they paid homage to Stephanie Mills and those golden pipes of hers.

    (Babs… You know I love you too)

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • Tawreos

      This was my first thought when I saw Puttin’ on the Ritz. it should be in their as well

      • TuuxKabin
        • Rebecca Gardner

          Love It!

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      • Bj Lincoln

        I agree.

  • safari

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  • Ernest Endevor

    I’m puzzled. What is it they record here? The performance? The song? A combination? So why wouldn’t Arlen/Harburg be mentioned? Or the arranger?What exactly is being preserved? Not to be contentious but I don’t understand.

    • Rex

      Our culture.
      Before it’s destroyed like everything else.

      • Ernest Endevor

        I get that. I’m just not clear about what it is they’re preserving. Is it one particular performance? Perhaps they make that clear in situ and this is merely an abbreviated list? The Library of C is an awesome place with a great staff. Maybe I should go there myself and find the answers to my questions and stop annoying people. There’s a radical idea.

  • Rex

    Great representation from some of the greatest gay icons.

  • Tawreos

    They are putting in a “best of” album for the Eagles? Man are they a bunch of posers.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I like them and play a lot of their music.

      • Lakeview Bob

        Me too.

  • lymis

    Surprises me that Over the Rainbow wasn’t chosen sooner.

  • Henry Auvil

    I love that Bowie and Talking Heads are on the list.

  • Keiffer

    I think The Wiz soundtrack was an album that I wore out in college. Back in those days, fresh from my own High School musicals and having attended the broadway show (SRO) I found myself choreographing the Tornado song in my dorm room and later in my college apartment’s living room.

    My touch was that many of the dancers were debris stirred up from the Tornado and at the end one scrappy “leaf” was jiving off (stage right, as I recall) into the wings to end the scene.

    But instead of trying to land a job in the theatre I went with my mathematical/computer skills. Smart move in the long run but the fantasy of being on the Broadway stage is a recurring reverie.

    • lymis

      I got to see the Original Broadway cast when they toured to the Kennedy Center in 1978 or 1979. Brilliant. It’s been one of my favorite cast albums ever since.

      I always loved that Toto was the only white character in the Wiz as staged, given that Toto was the only “black” character in the Garland movie.

  • BearEyes

    good list. #15 brought a smile to my face.

    • jmax

      They mentioned their inclusion on the list on NPR this morning and played a clip from the first broadcast – coverage of a Viet Nam war protest. That made me feel old 😐

      • BearEyes

        I remember protesting that war. I try not to think about feeling old.

        • jmax

          The older I get, the easier it becomes to not think at all…

  • The Professor

    It’s “BARBRA”. Please leave your gay card at the door 😉

    • WitlessProtection

      Are you arguing with the narrator?

      • The Professor

        LOL! Only for Barbra.

    • David Walker

      Srsly. It was one of the shortcuts used Back Then to determine if someone were worth one’s time for a date. Does he say “Barbara” or “Barbra”? As much of a giveaway as the titles of his records and books. (No books? “Sorry. Gotta run.”)

  • TuuxKabin

    Gonna duck n’ cover, if not run, but Babs is already pretty well preserved.

    • TheManicMechanic

      Ooh, chile, you in trouble. Get set for enough shade coming your way on the level of nucular winter.

      • TuuxKabin

        I’m ready. Gay Cardless for decays and decays, oodles of ’em. The more shade the better. I’m photophobic anyhow.

  • TJay229
  • Dan M

    my dad was a frustrated, wannabe cowboy and the Marty Robbins album was his absolute favorite recording ever My mother loved it too – for the first 300 times he played it. After that – not so much. 🙂

  • Lakeview Bob

    Geez, why wan’t Over the Rainbow added to this many many years ago?

  • Texndoc

    Renee Fleming :))))
    But not for singing David Letterman’s “Top Ten List”

    • JCF

      She GAWJUS!

  • David Walker

    If you’re either curious about or into music from 1900 to 1925, the Library of Congress offers a treasure trove of acoustic recordings (that is, before the invention of electronic mics) released by the Victor Corporation (later RCA Victor). I fully understand that some people cannot stand the sound of 78rpm recordings (it’s like being unable to watch black-and-white movies), but if you’re curious, it can be habit-forming and, for folks like me, it can become an obsession. Thus, enter at your own risk:

    • Acronym Jim

      Apparently, even contemporaries could be put off by the recordings of the day. L. Frank Baum, in his book, the Patchwork Girl of Oz, included the character of a gramophone that was brought to life. Regardless of what type of music it played, nobody could stand to be around it and it was constantly threatened with deconstruction.

      Of course, in another of his books, one of his characters was a man who could only speak and breathe music. This character was also deemed too annoying to be around, so maybe old Lyman just wasn’t a fan of music.

  • KP
  • TheManicMechanic

    LoC: People who love People Who Love People.

  • Professor Barnhardt

    Hey, “Treemonisha” made it. Alright.
    Also, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”: original lyrics, or revised?

  • Mike

    Which one doesn’t belong? The Wiz.

  • fuzzybits

    No Ted Nugent? 😛

  • Monkey, Stage, Dance

    OT: Is anyone else’s JMG feed being plagued by anti-immigrant / anti-immigration ads? I use ad-blocker most of the time, because otherwise the site would be unreadable. But I am stunned to see this kind of bigotry given a platform on a progressive site like JMG. Do site owners have ZERO say in the ads that show up on their site?

  • JCF

    Toto too? <3

    As an ATC junkie, very happy to learn their first show has been immortalized (and if you don't know, that first show was mostly about an anti-Vietnam demonstration which shut the Pentagon down: lessons for today's RESISTANCE!)

  • JCF

    No love for?

    I was just starting to listen to the radio (age 10) when this became THE smash hit. It became a thing around Whitney Elementary (Sacra-tomato) to try to memorize the lyrics.