Thursday, July 06, 2006

Ukrainian recording added to National Recording Registry

A Ukrainian recording was among the 50 famous recordings recently added to The National Recording Registry....

The National Recording Registry was created by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, legislation that promotes and supports audio preservation. ...

The new additions to the registry honor a wide variety of outstanding spoken and musical recordings and span the years 1903-1988. Among the selections is the first presidential inauguration to be broadcast... the first official transatlantic telephone conversation ... of performances by ... Bob Hope, Nat “King” Cole, Fred Allen, Mahalia Jackson, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dave Brubeck, B.B. King, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Stevie Wonder.

The Library is currently accepting nominations for the 2006 National Recording Registry at the National Recording Preservation Board
Web site.

... The Library's Recorded Sound Section holds the largest number of radio broadcasts in the United States – more than 500,000.

2005 National Recording Registry (in chronological order) ... 5. “My Man” and “Second Hand Rose,” Fanny Brice (1921) ... 7 . Inauguration of Calvin Coolidge (March 4, 1925). ...


8. “Tanec pid werbamy/Dance Under the Willows,” a Ukrainian violin solo with cymbaly, bass and sleigh bells, Pawlo Huemiuk (1926) Pawlo Humeniuk was a renowned violin player in Ukranian communities before beginning his recording career with Columbia, for which he made this dance number. He learned violin in western Ukraine at the age of 6 and enjoyed a busy career playing concerts, dances and vaudeville theaters. The song is an excellent example of the ethnic releases that record labels began to produce in the 1920's for sale to immigrant communities in the United States.

Full article here .

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