Merle Haggard’s 1968 chart-topping country classic “Mama Tried” is one of 25 sound recordings that were added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
Other additions include bluesman Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues,” W.H. Stepp’s recording of the fiddle tune “Bonaparte’s Retreat,” Gloria Gaynor’s disco anthem “I Will Survive” and the radio broadcast of the fourth quarter of the 1962 basketball game in which Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points.
Each year, the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress chooses 25 recordings showcasing the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage in order to increase preservation awareness. The diversity of nominations received highlights the richness of the nation’s audio legacy and underscores the importance of assuring the long-term preservation of that legacy for future generations.