The Sounds of American Culture
December 28, 2008 Herbie Hancock's album is now considered one of the defining moments in jazz fusion. The Library of Congress is preserving the album in its musical collection as one of the country's most culturally significant audio recordings. Hancock and producer David Rubinson reflect on the album's creation and long-lasting impact.
December 14, 2008 Singer Emmylou Harris says a 33-year-old housewife named Kitty Wells turned both country music and the country on its head with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." With that song, Wells captured the tensions of the time and paved the way for more female musicians.
December 6, 2008 One day, Roy Orbison's first wife walked down the street to the store. By the time she returned, the rock 'n' roll pioneer had already written his most enduring hit. "Oh, Pretty Woman" is one of the newest additions to the National Recording Registry.
November 30, 2008 The year is 1945. The world is at war, and New York City's newspaper delivery men are on strike. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia solves the problem. Independent producer Ben Manilla shares the story behind LaGuardia's legendary radio readings of comic strips like Little Orphan Annie.
December 23, 2007 In 1960, Bob Newhart stood before one of the first live nightclub audiences he'd ever faced. That performance resulted in the beloved comedy album, "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart," which the Library of Congress selected for its National Recording Registry.
November 25, 2006 The 1938 boxing rematch between American Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling is believed to have had the largest audience in history for a single radio broadcast. In 2005, the Library of Congress selected it for the National Recording Registry.