The Doors, Radiohead & Joan Baez Albums to Be Inducted Into National Recording Registry

Radiohead, 1997.
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Radiohead in Los Angeles, California in 1997. 

Albums from The Doors, Radiohead, Steve Martin and Joan Baez, Ben K. King’s classic R&B tune “Stand by Me” and the original-cast recording of Cole Porter’s Broadway sensation Kiss Me, Kate have been selected for induction into Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

Also among the 25 recordings recognized this year and unveiled Wednesday are the timeless hits “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ ” by The Righteous Brothers, “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford and “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” by Johnny Mercer; the Sly and the Family Stone album Stand! and Lauryn Hill’s first solo LP; songs from Blind Lemon Jefferson and Sesame Street; and an episode of the radio series Suspense, featuring Agnes Moorehead’s first broadcast of Sorry, Wrong Number.

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Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian of Congress each year selects 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and at least 10 years old.

The Library’s National Recording Preservation Board, comprised of leaders in the fields of music, recorded sound and preservation, suggest the nominations, with input from the public.

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The best existing versions of each selected recording are preserved at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. The class of 2014 brings the total number of registry recordings to 425.

Visit for a look at the latest inducted works (in a random order), with descriptions supplied by the Library of Congress.