Albums by Dr. Dre and Tina Turner have been selected for preservation in America’s Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
The hip-hop legend’s 1992 solo debut The Chronic is among 25 records selected for the honor, with Tina’s hit 1984 record Private Dancer included on a list of 25 recordings selected on Wednesday (25Mar20).
Latin star Selena’s 1990 collection, Ven Conmigo, and English singer Dusty Springfield’s 1969 effort Dusty in Memphis are also among the albums picked for preservation by the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board.
Songs chosen include Whitney Houston’s famous 1992 version of Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You, Village People’s Y.M.C.A., and Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman.
Village People founder Victor Willis expressed his delight at his band’s inclusion in a published statement on the Library’s website.
“I had no idea when we wrote Y.M.C.A that it would become one of the most iconic songs in the world, and fixture at almost every wedding, birthday party, bar mitzvah and sporting event,” he said. “I am glad that the music of Village People has made the world smile for over 40 years with our music.\
On behalf of my partners Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo, we thank you and are honored to be in such elite company.”
Also making the list is a live album recorded in Japan by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick, and an original Broadway cast recording of Fiddler on the Roof.
American national treasure Fred Rogers is also honored with the inclusion of his 1973 album accompanying his children’s TV show, Mister Rogers Sings 21 Favorite Songs From ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.