"Boogie Chillen" Forever

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The Library of Congress has announced this year's crop of 25 audio recordings that must be preserved...forever! The LOC saves recordings "that have been identified as cultural, artistic, and historical treasures to be preserved for future generations."

The list this year includes the late Delta blues master, Mississippi native, and one-time Memphian John Lee Hooker and his debut recording, "Boogie Chillen."

Here's a YouTube slide show set to the Hooker masterpiece.

Other highlights — well, they're all highlights — from the LOC's selection include:
The last-known recording of the sounds of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, from 1935. (Though the bird may not be extinct after all.)
Link Wray's "Rumble".
George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today".

The full list:

1. "No News, or What Killed the Dog," Nat M. Wills (1908)
2. Acoustic Recordings for Victor Records, Jascha Heifetz (1917-1924)
3. "Night Life," Mary Lou Williams (1930)
4. Sounds of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (1935)
5. "Gang Busters" (1935-1957)
6. "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen," Andrews Sisters (1938)
7. "Que é Que a Bahiana Tem?" Carmen Miranda (1939)
8. NBC Radio coverage of Marian Anderson's recital at the Lincoln Memorial (April 9, 1939)
9. "Tom Dooley," Frank Proffitt (1940)
10. "Uncle Sam Blues," Oran "Hot Lips" Page, accompanied by Eddie Condon’s Jazz Band. V-Disc (1944)
11. The Mary Margaret McBride Program, Zora Neale Hurston and Mary Margaret McBride, (January 25, 1943)
12. "Sinews of Peace" (Iron Curtain) Speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill (March 5, 1946)
13. "The Churkendoose," Ray Bolger (1947)
14. "Boogie Chillen," John Lee Hooker (1948)
15. "A Child’s Christmas in Wales," Dylan Thomas (1952)
16. "A Festival of Lessons and Carols as Sung on Christmas Eve in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge," King’s College Choir; Boris Ord, director (1954)
17. "West Side Story," original cast recording (1957)
18. "Tom Dooley," the Kingston Trio (1958)
19. "Rumble," Link Wray (1958)
20. "The Play of Daniel: A Twelfth-Century Drama," New York Pro Musica under the direction of Noah Greenberg (1958)
21. "At Last!," Etta James (1961)
22. "Rank Stranger," Stanley Brothers (1960)
23. "2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks," Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks (1961)
24. "The Who Sings My Generation," The Who (1966)
25. "He Stopped Loving Her Today," George Jones (1980)

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