The Library of Congress has revealed its annual list of 25 recordings selected for inclusion in the National Recording Registry, highlighting the legacy of recorded American music deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
The 2017 selections include the soundtrack to the film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in 1965, remaining in the top 10 for 109 weeks. The work of orchestrator Irwin Kostal and musical supervisor Saul Chaplin were noted by the Library of Congress alongside performances from Oscar winner Julie Andrews and the film cast in contributing to a “remarkable achievement.” Directed by Robert Wise, the film was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 2001.
Also selected were Tony Bennett’s hallmark 1962 recording of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”; the 1972 Groucho Marx album, An Evening With Groucho, featuring accompaniment by Marvin Hamlisch; Kenny Loggins’ 1984 single “Footloose”; Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine’s 1987 hit “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”; and The Temptations’ 1964 single “My Girl.”
Nominations are gathered from members of the public and the National Recording Registry Preservation Board, which is comprised of leaders in the fields of music, recorded sound, and preservation. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayde later selects the 25 recordings to be inducted.