Dr. Dre’s Classic ‘The Chronic’ Album Inducted into Library of Congress

There is a handful of songs and albums that are among the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry’s 2020 class. Dr. Dre‘s West Coast classic The Chronic album is among those going in. Whitney Houston‘s “I Will Always Love You,” Selena‘s 1990 album Ven Conmigo and Tina Turner‘s 1984 Private Dancer LP were among those inducted as well.

These 25 recordings were deemed “aural treasures worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historical and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage,” by the Library of Congress.

This year’s inductees span about 90 years and features a live radio broadcast of a New York Yankees game (and others), orchestra recordings, albums by Dusty Springfield, Cheap Trick and Colin Currie. Plus more.

– “Whispering”, Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra (1920)
– “Protesta per Sacco e Vanzetti,” Compagnia Columbia; “Sacco e Vanzetti,” Raoul Romito (1927)
– “La Chicharronera”, Narciso Martinez and Santiago Almeida (1936)
– “Arch Oboler’s Plays” episode “The Bathysphere.” (Nov. 18, 1939)
– “Me and My Chauffeur Blues”, Memphis Minnie (1941)
– The 1951 National League tiebreaker: New York Giants vs. Brooklyn Dodgers — Russ Hodges, announcer (Oct. 3, 1951)
– Puccini’s “Tosca”, Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Angelo Mercuriali, Tito Gobbi, Melchiorre Luise, Dario Caselli, Victor de Sabata (1953)
– “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh”, Allan Sherman (1963)
– WGBH broadcast of the Boston Symphony on the day of the John F. Kennedy assassination, Boston Symphony Orchestra (1963)
Fiddler on the Roof, original Broadway cast (1964)
– “Make the World Go Away”, Eddy Arnold (1965)
– Hiromi Lorraine Sakata Collection of Afghan Traditional Music (1966-67; 1971-73)
– “Wichita Lineman”, Glen Campbell (1968)
Dusty in Memphis, Dusty Springfield (1969)
Mister Rogers Sings 21 Favorite Songs From ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’, Fred Rogers (1973)
Cheap Trick at Budokan, Cheap Trick (1978)
Holst: Suite No. 1 in E-Flat, Suite No. 2 in F / Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks / Bach: Fantasia in G, Frederick Fennell and the Cleveland Symphonic Winds (1978)
– “Y.M.C.A.” (single), Village People (1978)
A Feather on the Breath of God, Gothic Voices; Christopher Page, conductor; Hildegard von Bingen, composer (1982)
Private Dancer, Tina Turner (1984)
Ven Conmigo, Selena (1990)
The Chronic, Dr. Dre (1992)
– “I Will Always Love You”, Whitney Houston (1992)
Concert in the Garden, Maria Schneider Orchestra (2004)
Percussion Concerto, Colin Currie (2008)

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