Two 1938 Radio Broadcasts Are Among Noted Historical Recordings

Two 1938 Radio Broadcasts Are Among Noted Historical Recordings
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NPR’s “All Things Considered Weekend” has selected five historical recordings from the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry to present and analyze in a five-part series that begins Oct. 28 on the program.
Fifty recordings that are believed to be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” have been named to the National Recording Registry each year by the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington to be preserved. The staff of “All Things Considered Weekend” reviewed the 2005 list of recordings and chose five.
They include Arturo Toscanini conducting The NBC Symphony Orchestra performance of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” (1938), originally broadcast on NBC Radio; and the second Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight (1938), believed to have the largest audience to date for a single radio broadcast.
Also chosen were songs from Jerry Lee Lewis and blues singer Marnie Smith, as well as the debut album of Jimi Hendrix.

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