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Merle Haggard’s ‘Mama Tried’ Added to National Recording Registry

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Merle Haggard‘s 1968 classic “Mama Tried” has been selected as one of 25 sound recordings added into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao hand-selected each entry after consulting with the National Recording Preservation Board. Each song was chosen for its unique “artistic, cultural and/or historical significance to American society.”

“These recordings, by a wide range of artists in many genres of music and in spoken word, will be preserved for future listeners,” Mao explained in a press release. “This collection of blues, jazz, rock, country and classical recordings, interspersed with important recordings of sporting events, speeches, radio shows and comedy, helps safeguard the record of what we’ve done and who we are.”

Haggard’s track is the only country selection found in this round of additions, which features everything from speeches, sport announcements to modern metal hits. Check out the full list of National Recording Registry selections for 2016 below.

1. “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” Columbia Quartette (Peerless Quartet) (1911)
2. “Wild Cat Blues,” Clarence Williams’ Blue Five (1923)
3. “Statesboro Blues,” Blind Willie McTell (1928)
4. “Bonaparte’s Retreat,” W.H. Stepp (1937)
5. “Decoration Day” from “Vic and Sade” radio series (June 4, 1937)
6. Mahler Symphony No. 9, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Bruno Walter, conductor. (1938)
7. “Carousel of American Music,” George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Arthur Freed, Shelton Brooks, Hoagy Carmichael, others (Sept. 24, 1940)
8. The “Marshall Plan” speech, George C. Marshall (June 5, 1947)
9. “A Garage in Gainesville” and “Execution Awaited” from “Destination Freedom” radio program (Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 1949)
10. Original soundtrack from “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Alex North, composer (1951)
11. “Cry Me a River,” Julie London (1955)
12. “Mack the Knife,” Louis Armstrong (1956); Bobby Darin (1959)
13. Fourth-quarter radio coverage of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game (Philadelphia Warriors vs. New York Knicks); Bill Campbell, announcer (March 2, 1962)
14. “A Love Supreme,” John Coltrane (1964)
15. “It’s My Way,” Buffy Sainte-Marie (1964)
16. “Where Did Our Love Go,” the Supremes (1964)
17. “People Get Ready, ” the Impressions (1965)
18. “Mama Tried,” Merle Haggard (1968)
19. “Abraxas,” Santana (1970)
20. “Class Clown,” George Carlin (1972)
21. “Robert and Clara Schumann Complete Piano Trios,” the Beaux Arts Trio (1972)
22. “Piano Man,” Billy Joel (1973)
23. “Bogalusa Boogie,” Clifton Chenier (1976)
24. “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor (1978)
25. “Master of Puppets,” Metallica (1986)

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Merle Haggard’s ‘Mama Tried’ Added to National Recording Registry