John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear courtesy of Yoko Ono LennonThe Hilton hotel company has launched a promotional campaign celebrating the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's first "Bed-In for Peace" protest event, which took place from March 25 to March 31, 1969, in Room 702 of the Hilton Amsterdam.
In conjunction with the anniversary, Hilton has premiered a new YouTube video series called Room 702 that profiles select employees who reflect the spirit of peace and love that John and Yoko sought to promote and spread with their Bed-In.
One of the profiles is about a Syrian refugee whose hard work at the Hilton Frankfurt in Germany has earned him a spot in the company's apprenticeship program. Another clip focuses an immigrant from the Dominican Republic employed at a Hilton-owned hotel in Orlando, Florida, who champions a company program that sends recycled hotel soap to regions where the basics of hygiene aren't readily available.
In addition the videos include a segment noting that Hilton founder Conrad Hilton felt, "travel could bring people together and spread peace and understanding around the world."
John and Yoko staged their protest in the honeymoon suite of the hotel several days after getting married. During the event, the couple, dressed in pajamas, chatted with members of the press, sang songs and put up hand-drawn signs, all in support of world peace.
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesVans recently partnered with Led Zeppelin for a limited-edition line of shoes and apparel, and now the footwear company has announced plans to release a series David Bowie-inspired sneakers soon.
While no official announcement has been made, Footwear.com reports that the Vans x Bowie collection will include four different shoes with designs taken from various albums by the late British rock icon. Images posted on the website show three low-top sneakers inspired, respectively, by Bowie's 1969 self-titled U.K. album, 1971's Hunky Dory and 1973's Aladdin Sane. There's also a high-top that boasts a red Bowie logo replicating the one that appears on the cover of 1974's Diamond Dogs.
A rep for Vans tells ABC Radio that official images and details about the Bowie collection will be announced soon. Visit Vans.com/Bowie to sign up to be notified when the shoes are available, and to get an official look at the Diamond Dogs-inspired high-top.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCIn honor of Madonna's Like a Prayer album turning 30 on Thursday, fans can now sport new 30th anniversary merch.
Madonna's official store now includes several Like a Prayer t-shirts, a pillow, rosary beads and tote bag. One of the t-shirts features "Saint Madonna" in a stained-glass window, while another features a sketched design of the Madonna image.
Another tee, as well as the pillow and tote, feature a 30th anniversary edition of the album cover.
A signed Like a Prayer vinyl album will randomly be included in one of the order placed before 11:59 p.m. PST Friday.
Like a Prayer, Madonna's fourth studio album, was released March 21, 1989. It spawned the hit title track, as well as "Express Yourself" and "Cherish."
Earlier this month, Madonna celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Like a Prayer title track's release and reminded everyone of the controversy the music video stirred back then.
"30 years ago today I released 'Like a Prayer' and made a video that caused so much controversy because I kissed a black saint and danced in front of burning crosses!" she wrote on Instagram. "I also made a commercial with PEPSI that was banned because my video was seen as inappropriate. ?????? Happy Birthday to Me and Controversy!"
Credit: Myriam SantosEx-Journey singer Steve Perry has debuted a video for his new song "We're Still Here," from his 2018 comeback solo album, Traces.
While Perry already has released a series of in-studio performance videos for several Traces songs, including for "We're Still Here," the new clip is being labeled as his first official promo video as a solo artist since the clip for his 1994 tune "Missing You."
The new "We're Still Here" video features Perry lip-syncing to the tune while driving a vintage Chevy Chevelle around the streets of Hollywood at night. Reminiscing about his younger days, Steve watches various people out on the town, including a young couple on a date.
Another scene shows a group of well-dressed young men pass by a homeless man who is holding a sign that says "HUNGRY." When one of them drops his wallet, the vagrant picks it up and returns it to him.
As the video ends, Perry parks his car, gets out and looks up at a full moon.
In celebration of the video's premiere, Perry took part in a Facebook Q&A with fans on Friday.
In response to one question, Steve explains that the meaning of the song "runs through the whole video -- which is that we have a deep camaraderie as people to each other." He adds, "From time to time, separateness happens, for many different reasons. But in us all, it's still there, and in that sense, we're still here."
Regarding his experience making the video, Perry said, "Driving that car around the streets of Hollywood reminded me of my earlier cruising days in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Those were magical times when you were driving up and down the street repeatedly with music blaring."
Simon will donate all net proceeds from his performance to local environmental organizations.
"I'm looking forward with great anticipation to playing at Golden Gate Park this summer," says Paul in a statement. "This will be my first appearance there, and it's an honor to join the long line of musicians who've given the park its sanctified musical heritage."
He adds, "I'm equally pleased to be playing in San Francisco with its well-deserved reputation for being in the forefront of environmental issues. I'm grateful for the opportunity to be of service to this vital cause."
Outside Lands supports a variety of programs focused on sustainability and environmental education. For example, the festival last year cut down on landfill waste by going "plastic straw free" and introducing more reusable beer mugs and wine glasses.
Outside Lands 2019 will run from August 9 to August 11. The full lineup will be announced on Tuesday, March 26. Visit SFOutsideLands.com for more information.
Simon's Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour ended with a September 22 concert at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York.
earMUSICIf you've ever heard Bonnie Tyler's hits "It's a Heartache," "Total Eclipse of the Heart" or "Holding Out for a Hero," you know that Bonnie's raspy voice is reminiscent of Rod Stewart's. Well, it's taken them 50 years, but now, the two legendary vocalists have finally recorded a duet, which North American fans will get to hear later this year.
The song, "Battle of the Sexes," appears on Bonnie's new album Between the Earth and the Stars, which comes out this Friday in the U.K. and most of the world, but won't be released officially in the U.S. and Canada until the fall.
Appearing on the British TV show Loose Women, Bonnie noted that fans have been waiting for years for her and Rod to record together, and explained that she landed him for the project after a mutual friend promised to pass along her request.
"I waited until I found the right song, which took a couple of months...and I had this song called 'Battle of the Sexes,'" Bonnie recalled. "And so I thought, 'This is it.' So I sent it to [Rod's friend] Ricky...he passed it on, [and] within a day or two days, Rod got back to me personally...to say that yes, he wouldn't normally -- but yes, he'd do it!"
Rod isn't the only British knight involved in the album: The Bee Gees' Sir Barry Gibb wrote a song specifically for her to record, and she also sings a duet with iconic U.K. pop star Sir Cliff Richard.
And on the more modern side of things, the disc features three songs written just for Bonnie by Amy Wadge, one of Ed Sheeran's favorite collaborators -- she and Ed co-wrote "Thinking Out Loud," among other tracks.
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend says the band is "about two-thirds" done with their upcoming studio album, which he thinks will be "really great."
During a recent press event held at London's Wembley Stadium, Townshend -- along with The Who frontman Roger Daltrey -- told the U.K.'s Absolute Radio that he's written "some good songs" that focus on current themes, including "homelessness…the fishing industry [and] the way that men might have to change in the future…after the 'Me Too' thing."
The 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also reports that a few guests may be asked to contribute to the record, such as "a female vocalist" or "a rapper."
Daltrey, meanwhile, tells Absolute Radio that it can be challenging for him to come up with a unique way to present the songs Townshend writes.
"I have to climb into the words he's written and the way he performs them on his demos," Roger notes, "but then I have to think, 'Well, how do I put this suit of clothes and make it mine and make it breathe in [a way that's] comfortable for me?' And that can be quite a painful process sometimes."
Having said that, Daltrey declares that Townshend has "still got that ability to write those songs that get in your ear like an earworm, and go 'round and 'round and 'round."
Roger also reveals that The Who decided to play with orchestral accompaniment on their upcoming Moving On! tour because he had "a magical experience" performing Tommy last year with orchestras during his solo trek. He says performing with an orchestra will "give the music it's best possible chance to be elevated to a new position."
Courtesy of Julien's AuctionsA rare copy of the "butcher cover" version of The Beatles' 1966 album Yesterday and Today -- once owned by John Lennon -- is going up for bid May 9 at a memorabilia auction at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool, U.K.
The LP jacket, which contains a stereo prototype disc, has a blank back cover. Lennon autographed the front and decorated the back with a personalized drawing for a Beatles bootleg collector named Dave Morrell. Lennon traded the album to Morrell in exchange for a reel-to-reel recording of the Yellow Matter Custard bootleg.
John's signature on the front reads "To Dave from John Lennon Dec 7th 71" -- and Morrell later got both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to autograph the cover too.
It's expected to fetch between $160,000 and $180,000.
The LP is among many items going on the block at the "Music Icons: The Beatles in Liverpool" sale, presented by Julien's Auctions. The event will be streamed live at JuliensAuctions.com; bidding will be accepted both at the museum and online.
Other notable collectibles being auctioned include:
--A baseball signed by The Beatles at the band's final U.S. concert, in 1966 at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, estimated to sell for $80,000 to $100,000
--A guitar strap owned and signed by Lennon, which is expected to fetch $20,000 to $30,000
--A Liverpool Airport poster, signed by the Fab Four, that announced the band members' arrival in their hometown to attend a 1964 screening of A Hard Day's Night. It's estimated at $30,000 to $50,000.
Julien's Auctions also is partnering with the museum to host a "Memorabilia Day" on May 10, where fans and collectors can bring in their rock 'n' roll memorabilia to be appraised for free.
Courtesy of KAABOO Del MarDuran Duran, REO Speedwagon and The Bangles are among the many acts performing at the 2019 KAABOO Del Mar festival, scheduled for September 13-15 in the Southern California beach town of Del Mar.
The event's daily headliners are Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band and Mumford & Sons, while the lineup also includes such veteran artists as Squeeze, Sheryl Crow, Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians and Blind Melon.
KAABOO Del Mar, which takes place at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds just north of San Diego, also features comedy performances, art exhibits, gourmet food and drinks.
Tickets and VIP passes are on sale now. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit KAABOODelMar.com.
Live Nation EntertainmentPhil Collins isn't dead yet...so he's just going to keep on touring.
The singer and former Genesis drummer has announced a limited run of dates for fall of 2019, dubbed the Still Not Dead Yet, Live! tour. The 15-city trek kicks off September 23 in Dallas and wraps up October in Las Vegas.
Tickets go on sale March 29, and you can register now through Sunday at PhilCollins.OnTourAccess.com to participate in the Verified Fan sale, starting at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.com. Any tickets left will be sold March 30 starting at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com.
Phil's last outing in 2018 featured the same band who'll be joining him for this one. The lineup includes longtime Genesis touring guitarist Daryl Stuermer, who's also played with Phil for years, as well as legendary session musician Leland Sklar on bass and Phil's own son Nicolas playing drums.
The tour will be a "celebration" of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's "epic career," featuring solo and Genesis hits like "Against All Odds," "Follow You Follow Me," "In the Air Tonight," "Invisible Touch," "Easy Lover" and many more.
Here are the tour dates:
9/23 -- Dallas, TX American Airlines Center 9/24 -- Houston, TX Toyota Center 9/26 -- Tampa, FL Amalie Arena 9/28 -- Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Center 9/29 -- Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center 10/1 -- Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena 10/2 -- Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena 10/4 -- Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center 10/6 -- New York, NY Madison Square Garden 10/9 -- Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center 10/11 -- Omaha, NE CHI Health Center 10/13 -- Denver, CO Pepsi Center 10/15 -- Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena 10/17 -- San Francisco, CA Chase Center 10/19 -- Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
Concord RecordsAn official video for Boz Scaggs' song "Little Miss Night and Day," from his 2018 album Out of the Blues, got its premiere at Billboard.com and also is viewable on YouTube.
The black-and-white clip features footage of Scaggs performing the rollicking blues tune onstage with his current touring band, interspersed with scenes of the musicians and a road crew preparing for a concert.
Boz tells Billboard that the video celebrates the fun he's been having playing shows with his band during the last few years, noting, "That's what it's about. It's on the road. It's live."
Scaggs and his group have a busy few months ahead of them, starting with an appearance on the 2019 edition of the '70s Rock & Romance Cruise on March 27 in Centro, Mexico. Boz then will launch a U.S. tour leg on April 7 in Fayetteville, Arkansas; it winds down with an April 27 performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
"New Orleans is sort of the heart and root of so much of the music I've done," Scaggs maintains, "so I really want to do a special set there and get into perhaps a new level of playing."
The singer also will tour Japan in May, and plans another run of stateside shows in June and July.
Out of the Blues was the third in a trilogy of albums that found Scaggs exploring his musical influences, including blues, soul and Americana.
Boz tells Billboard that he's thinking about changing things up for his next record.
"I miss some of the more lyrical, ballad stuff I've done in the past, so I'm looking in that direction," he notes, adding, "I haven't recorded a fully self-written album in some time, so that might be a way to go, too."
Here are Scaggs' upcoming U.S. shows:
4/7 -- Fayetteville, AR, Walton Arts Center 4/9 -- Mobile, AL, Saenger Theatre 4/10 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre 4/11 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Kravis Center 4/12 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay Blues Fest - Vinoy Waterfront Park 4/13 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay Blues Fest - Vinoy Waterfront Park 4/14 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse 4/17 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live Orlando 4/18 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 4/20 -- Fort Pierce, FL, Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts 4/22 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues Houston 4/23 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center 4/24 -- New Braunfels, TX, Gruene Hall 4/26 -- Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget Lake Charles - Grand Event Center 4/27 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 6/9 -- Los Angeles, CA, Playboy Jazz Festival 6/14 -- Norman, OK, Riverwind Casino and Hotel - Showplace Theater 6/15 -- Fort Worth, TX, Billy Bob's Texas 6/16 -- Memphis, TN, Graceland Soundstage 6/21 -- Easton, PA, State Theatre Center for the Arts 6/22 -- Hampton, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 6/23 -- Northampton, MA, Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center 6/25 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Center for the Arts 6/26 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse 6/28 -- Hanover, MD, Live! Casino & Hotel- Event Center 7/1 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier 7/3 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino - Event Center 7/4 -- Camden, NJ, Camden County Freedom Festival 7/8 -- Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place 7/9 -- Elk Grove Village, IL, Elk Grove Village Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series
Kenny Loggins launches a three-show Las Vegas engagement next week at Wynn resort and casino's Encore Theater. The concerts, which take place March 27, 29 and 30, will feature the pop-rock great playing songs from all eras of his long career, while also sharing stories accompanied by a multimedia presentation.
Regarding his Vegas performances, Loggins tells ABC Radio, "I'm taking the residency very seriously, and I want to put together a special show. I've been, for the last couple years…talking [onstage]…When I get the right audience at the right atmosphere, I can tell stories about where I was when the songs were written."
As you'd expect, Kenny's set will include classics from his partnership with Jim Messina, some of his late '70s solo hits and, of course, his hugely popular soundtrack contributions to such films as Footloose, Caddyshack and Top Gun.
Loggins previously played a three-show stand at the Encore Theater last September, but he tells ABC Radio the new performances will be a little different.
"I'm just adding more pictures from different periods of my life that'll go along with the stories that I've got," he explains. "And I'm gonna add a Loggins & Messina story, and anything else I think of as I go."
Kenny says it's hard to pick a favorite part of his career from which to perform songs.
"I'm happy to say that I'm not embarrassed by any period of my career," he declares. "I'm proud of the Loggins & Messina era…[o]n into [my first solo album,] Celebrate Me Home…And then into the movie years in the '80s, which is always fun to do, 'cause that's when people get up and dance."
3/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas -- Encore Theater 3/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas -- Encore Theater 3/30 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas -- Encore Theater 4/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Ovation Hall at Ocean Resort Casino 4/13 -- Hanover, MD, Live! Hotel & Casino 4/25 -- Ridgefield, WA, Ilani Casino 6/14 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino and Resort 8/31 -- New Lenox, IL, New Lenox Commons
Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film FestivalA special screening of rare archival footage of Bruce Springsteen has been added to the lineup of the 2019 Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, which runs from April 25 through April 28 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
The film event, dubbed The Springsteen Archives, will take place on Saturday, April 27, at 4 p.m. ET at the Paramount Theatre. Filmmaker Thom Zimny, who directed the Springsteen on Broadway Netflix special and other Bruce-related flicks, will present the screening. Chris Phillips, editor of the Springsteen fan site Backstreets, will moderate a panel discussion afterward.
Among the other movies being shown during the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival: the documentaries David Crosby: Remember My Name and Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?, which will screen April 27 at the Paramount Theatre, at 7 p.m. and 12 p.m. ET, respectively.
David Crosby and Remember My Name co-producer Cameron Crowe will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening of that film.
Funds raised by the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival go to provide music education, instruments, and social connection opportunities for in-need children in the Asbury Park area.
Visit APMFF.org for more info, and to check out a full schedule for the festival.
The episodes will find the pop-rock legend and his clan taking part in a Money family reunion in New York with Eddie's brothers and sisters, playing a sold-out concert in the Detroit area, going on a bowling excursion, vacationing in South Dakota, and welcoming a new pet into their home -- a Great Dane puppy named Bette.
Real Money follows the adventures and trials of Eddie; his wife, Laurie; his five children, Zach, Joe, Jesse, Dez and Julian -- most of whom play in their dad's band -- and the family's many dogs.
Meanwhile, Eddie will celebrate his 70th birthday on Thursday, March 21. The singer will mark the occasion with a concert in Westbury, New York, which will feature special guest John Waite.
Money has over a dozen more North American shows on his 2019 tour itinerary. Here are all of the confirmed dates, according to EddieMoney.com:
3/21 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury 3/22 -- Reading, PA, Santander Performing Arts Center 3/29 -- Lima, OH, Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center 3/30 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino 4/5 -- The Villages, FL, Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center 4/6 -- New Port Richey, FL, Chasco Fiesta 4/12 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 4/13 -- Rahway, NJ, Union County Performing Arts Center 5/3 -- Ferndale, WA, Silver Reef Casino 5/11 -- Washington, PA, The Meadows Resort & Casino 5/18 -- Shipshewana, IN, Blue Gate Theatre 5/25 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 6/13 -- Frederick, MD, The Weinberg Center for the Arts 6/29 -- Aurora, IL, RiverEdge Park 8/9 -- Grand Forks, BC, Canada, James Donaldson Park
Brian Rasic/WireImageThe Cure frontman Robert Smith has confirmed that the goth icons have begun work on a new album, their first in over a decade.
Speaking to South Africa's 5FM radio, Smith says that he and The Cure have "just started -- we haven't quite finished -- recording our first new album in 10 years."
The Cure's most recent album is 2008's 4:13 Dream.
Meanwhile, The Cure will be welcomed into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during this year's induction ceremony, held March 29 in Brooklyn, New York. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor will introduce the group.
The Prince of Wales announced Wednesday that Lionel has been named the first global ambassador of his charity, The Prince's Trust. The two men met up in Barbados, as part of Charles' tour of the Caribbean, to celebrate the partnership.
U.K.'s The Mirror reports that when Charles thanked Lionel for taking on the role, he made a joking reference to the American Idol judge's signature tune "Hello" -- much to Lionel's amusement.
"It must have been you I was looking for," said the heir to the throne.
"Oh, did you say that?" Lionel replied in mock disbelief. "He did say that."
Lionel will support the global expansion of the The Prince's Trust as it tackles issues like youth education and unemployment, supporting indigenous youth and helping to build sustainable communities.
The late legend's hometown team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, will be celebrating the Purple One's legacy April 5 when they take on the Miami Heat at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
"Be there to see [two-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns] and the Pack go crazy get your hands on an exclusive 7" Prince vinyl giveaway which is only available at this game," the team announced. "That’s right -- you’re gonna go home with an exclusive vinyl of music from the Purple One!"
The single will feature two songs by Prince, one of which is the 1995 track "Rock and Roll Is Alive (And It Lives in Minneapolis)."
The Wolves have been promoting Prince's ties to Minneapolis with their special City Edition nights, during which they wear purple jerseys, and feature artists associated with Prince, such as Sheila E and Morris Day, performing during halftime.
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesA proposed plan to rename a section of highway in Detroit after Aretha Franklin was passed Tuesday by the Michigan House of Representatives, moving it a step closer to approval, The Detroit News reports.
According to the paper, the Michigan House voted 101-6 to rename a stretch of the M-10 highway between Livernois Avenue and Interstate 94 the "Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway."
Detroit Rep. Leslie Love introduced the bill after the Queen of Soul's 2018 death at age 76 from complications of pancreatic cancer this past August.
"She gave us all a soundtrack to our life, whether you were falling in love or falling out love," Love said in remarks promoting the legislation.
Part of the bill maintains that renaming the highway section after Aretha "would be an appropriate way to honor a music and cultural icon who selflessly gave of her time, her vocal and pianistic [sic] talents, and her energy and resources to the citizens of Detroit, the state of Michigan, and the United States of America."
Among the six reps voting against the proposal was Shane Hernandez, a Republican politician from Port Huron, who argued that the renaming honor should be reserved for first responders and military veterans.
Representatives of the Franklin family have expressed support for the bill, which now will go to the Michigan State Senate for consideration.
ABKCO Films/Screenvision MediaA restored version of the star-studded 1968 Rolling Stones concert special Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus will be screened in select theaters across the U.S. on April 1, 2, 3 and 4. The program will be shown via Dolby Vision laser projection system and features Dolby Atmos surround-sound audio.
Rock and Roll Circus originally was intended to air on BBC TV, but was shelved until 1996 because Rolling Stones weren't happy with their performance.
In addition to The Stones' original lineup playing such memorable songs as "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Sympathy for the Devil," the special also featured The Who, Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithfull and one-off supergroup The Dirty Mac, made up of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Mitch Mitchell.
The Jethro Tull lineup seen on Rock and Roll Circus features founding Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, and is the only time he ever performed with Tull. The special also marked the last time founding Stones guitarist Brian Jones played with the group.
Paul Natkin/Getty ImagesClassic recordings by Cyndi Lauper, Neil Diamond, Jay-Z, Earth, Wind & Fire, rock pioneer Richie Valens and country music legend Lefty Frizzell are among this year's 25 additions to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, the collection of recorded works noted for their historical, cultural or aesthetic significance.
Lauper's 1983 debut solo album She's So Unusual made the cut, as did rapper Jay-Z's 2001 album, The Blueprint. The 1978 hit "September" is the Earth, Wind & Fire entry, while Neil Diamond's anthemic 1969 song "Sweet Caroline" is on the list. So is "La Bamba," the 1958 single by Valens, and "Long Black Veil," the country music standard released the following year by Frizzell.
Also added to the Registry are Sam & Dave's 1967 hit "Soul Man," Curtis Mayfield's 1972 soundtrack album to the film Superfly, and the 1978 disco hit "You Make me Feel (Mighty Real)," by Sylvester.
Non-musical entries include the 1961 Stan Freberg comedy album Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Vol. 1: The Early Years, a 1952 episode of the then-radio drama Gunsmoke, Robert F. Kennedy's April 4, 1968 Speech on the Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 1996 Schoolhouse Rock! box set.
Here are all 25 National Recording Registry additions:
Yiddish Cylinders from the Standard Phonograph Company of New York and the Thomas Lambert Company (c. 1901-1905)
“Memphis Blues” (single), Victor Military Band (1914)
Melville Jacobs Collection of Native Americans of the American Northwest (1929-1939)
“Minnie the Moocher” (single), Cab Calloway (1931)
Bach Six Cello Suites (album), Pablo Casals (c. 1939)
“They Look Like Men of War” (single), Deep River Boys (1941)
Gunsmoke -- Episode: “The Cabin” (Dec. 27, 1952)
Ruth Draper: Complete recorded monologues, Ruth Draper (1954-1956)
“La Bamba” (single), Ritchie Valens (1958)
“Long Black Veil” (single), Lefty Frizzell (1959)
Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Vol. 1: The Early Years (album), Stan Freberg (1961)
GO (album), Dexter Gordon (1962)
War Requiem (album), Benjamin Britten (1963)
“Mississippi Goddam” (single), Nina Simone (1964)
“Soul Man” (single), Sam & Dave (1967)
Hair (original Broadway cast recording) (1968)
Speech on the Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy (April 4, 1968)
“Sweet Caroline” (single), Neil Diamond (1969)
Superfly (album), Curtis Mayfield (1972)
Ola Belle Reed (album), Ola Belle Reed (1973)
“September” (single), Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)
“You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” (single), Sylvester (1978)