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.”