THE best-selling pop album on planet Earth and a disc sent hurtling into deep space are among recordings the Library of Congress will preserve for their cultural significance.
Twenty-five selections were added to the National Recording Registry on Wednesday, part of the library’s attempt to save America’s aural history by archiving recordings deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.
The inductees range from Michael Jackson’s 1982 all-time-bestseller Thriller and jazz artist Herbie Hancock’s 1973 fusion smash Headhunters to the 1977 record of Earth sounds that flew aboard the spacecraft Voyager in the event alien life forms encountered the craft.
Other recordings added to the registry include works by Roy Orbison, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Kitty Wells and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.
A collection of Navajo songs, Harry Truman’s 1948 Democratic National Convention speech, radio broad