The Sounds of American Culture Every year, the Library of Congress selects 50 sound recordings for the National Recording Registry. Deemed by the Library as "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, the recordings range from John Coltrane's Giant Steps to Game Four of the 1941 World Series. Independent producer Ben Manilla, Media Mechanics, and Weekend All Things Considered look at recent additions to the registry.

'Head Hunters' Found A New Direction In Jazz

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Kitty Wells: Don't Blame The 'Honky-Tonk'

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Mercy: Behind Roy Orbison's 'Pretty Woman'

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NYC Mayor LaGuardia's Legendary Radio Readings

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'Button-Down Mind' Changed Modern Comedy

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Sam Cooke's Swan Song of Protest

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Bob Marley's Reggae Landmark

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The Fight of the Century: Louis vs. Schmeling

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The Psychedelic Debut of Jimi Hendrix

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Mamie Smith and the Birth of the Blues Market

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American composer Samuel Barber (1910-1981) won the Pulitzer Prize twice — once for his opera Vanessa in 1957 and again for his 1962 piano concerto. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The Impact of Barber's 'Adagio for Strings'

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Jerry Lee Lewis: 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On'

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