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Published: 2012/05/23

Grateful Dead, Prince, Donna Summer, Bo Diddley, Booker T. and the M.G.s and More Added to National Recording Registry

Recordings by the Grateful Dead, Booker T. and the M.G.s, Prince, Donna Summer, Bo Diddley, Love and the Sugarhill Gang will be added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, according to a report by the New York Times. The 25 sound recordings are selected for preservation because they are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Among the recordings chosen for inclusion are the Grateful Dead’s famed live recording from Cornell University’s Barton Hall on May 8, 1977, Prince and the Revolution’s 1984 soundtrack album Purple Rain, Bo Diddley’s single “Bo Diddley”/“I’m a Man,” Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love,” Booker T. and the M.G.‘s “Green Onions,” Love’s 1967 album Forever Changes, and the Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” Additional selections include Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack album of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and a CBS radio broadcast of Leonard Bernstein’s first performance with the New York Philharmonic on Nov. 14, 1943.

The Grateful Dead’s performance at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on May 8, 1977 is often heralded as the best Dead show of all time and the recording is widely considered to be the most circulated tape in the band’s live repertoire due to its high-quality sound.

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