July 30, 2016

Thriller Honored in LC’s Recording Register

Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1982), the best-selling record album of all time, is among the 25 significant recordings at least ten years old that Librarian of Congress James H. Billington named to the 2007 National Recording Registry. The total number of recordings in the registry is 250, including:

  • The First Trans-Atlantic Broadcast, via London (March 14, 1925)
  • ‘If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again,’ from Thomas A. Dorsey, the father of modern gospel music (1934)
  • ‘Fibber’s Closet Opens for the First Time,’ Fibber McGee and Mollyradio program (March 4, 1940)
  • New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia reading the comics during a newspaper strike (1945)
  • My Fair Lady, original cast recording (1956)
  • ‘The Sounds of Earth,’ disc prepared for the Voyager spacecraft (1977)
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