Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson Recognized by Library of Congress

Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger were among the 25 recordings named to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress on Wednesday (June 23). The recordings were recognized for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Lynn’s signature song was released in 1970. Nelson’s album was issued in 1975. All recordings must be at least 10 years old to be inducted. Recordings by Tupac Shakur, R.E.M., Patti Smith and The Band were also named to the registry, which now includes 300 titles spanning the years 1913 to 1995. Nominations were gathered from online public submissions and the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board, comprised of leaders in the fields of music, recorded sound and preservation.