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Marty Robbins, Eagles Among 2017 Additions to National Recording Registry

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Each year, the National Recording Registry selects 25 influential albums and songs to be preserved inside the Library of Congress. The 2017 roster was just revealed, and it includes one of the most beloved records from the late Marty Robbins.

Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs was released in 1959, and featured Robbins’ signature hit, “El Paso.” The record has been noted as one of the most important country and western albums ever released, helping mark the genre’s evolution after the end of World War II.

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Other recordings selected for preservation include the Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and Don McLean’s signature hit, “American Pie.” You can see the full list of 2017 honorees below.

1.  The 1888 London cylinder recordings of Col. George Gouraud (1888)

2.  “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (singles), Manhattan Harmony Four (1923); Melba Moore and Friends (1990)

3.  “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (single), Harry Richman (1929)

4.  “Over the Rainbow” (single), Judy Garland (1939) 

5.  “I’ll Fly Away” (single), The Chuck Wagon Gang  (1948)

6.  “Hound Dog” (single),  Big Mama Thornton (1953) 

7.  “Saxophone Colossus,” Sonny Rollins  (1956) 

8.  The Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, announced by Vin Scully (September 8, 1957)

9.  “Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs,” Marty Robbins  (1959) 

10. “The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery,” Wes Montgomery (1960)

11. “People” (single), Barbra Streisand (1964) 

12. “In the Midnight Hour” (single), Wilson Pickett  (1965) 

13. “Amazing Grace” (single), Judy Collins  (1970)

14. “American Pie” (single), Don McLean  (1971)

15.  “All Things Considered,” first broadcast (May 3, 1971)

16. “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” David Bowie (1972) 

17. “The Wiz,” original cast album (1975) 

18. “Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975),” Eagles  (1976)  

19. “Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha,” Gunter Schuller, arr. (1976)    

20. “Wanted:  Live in Concert,” Richard Pryor  (1978)

21. “We Are Family” (single), Sister Sledge (1979) 

22. “Remain in Light,” Talking Heads (1980)

23. “Straight Outta Compton,” N.W.A (1988)

24. “Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (All-Night Vigil),” Robert Shaw Festival Singers  (1990)

25. “Signatures,” Renée Fleming  (1997)

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