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Thursday, June 11, 2009

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The Who's "My Generation" is one of 25 recordings that's been added to the Library Of Congress' National Recording Registry.

The Who originally recorded "My Generation" for their 1965 album of the same name. Rolling Stone magazine named it the 11th greatest song ever written on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. It has also been inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.

Also included was Link Wray’s “Rumble” That song, an influential rock instrumental originally released in 1958, "Rumble" was a first to use then unexplored techniques like distortion and feedback. Trivia people note: It remains "the only instrumental single banned from radio airwaves."

Also inducted into the Registry is the ubiquitous Etta James classic “At Last”. One of the singer's most emotive performances, the song was featured in the recent Chess Records biopic Cadillac Records.

(Sung by Beyonce Knowles, the singer was invited to perform the song at Barack Obama's inauguration. However Etta James felt snubbed, and onstage comments left many feeling she was critical of Knowles and the President.)

The recordings have been inducted as part of the National Recording Preservation Board's attempt to select "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" pieces that are at least 10 years old, reports Variety.

"This year's selections lovingly reflect the diversity and humanity of our sound heritage where astonishing discoveries and a vibrant creative spirit seem to appear around every corner," James Billington, the librarian of Congress, said on Tuesday.

The National Recording Registry selects 25 recordings each year that it deems "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." They must be a least 10 years old. There are 275 recordings currently in the registry.

Read the entire list here as well as previous years’ too.

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