US Library of Congress National Recording Registry
The annual list of 25 recordings selected for the US Library of Congress National Recording Registry was announced today. This year's list includes worthy inductees such as Simon and Garfunkle. Out of curiosity I found the complete list of inducted recordings to date; the link is below. It's hard to believe that Proud Mary - one of the all time great American songs - is not yet on the list.
I'd like to see a campaign mounted to get John and Creedence into the US National Recording Registry! Any industrious persons out there who'd like to try? DRBQ maybe??
Gosh, if Captain Beefhart can make this list, they gotta have some CREEDENCE!!
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Re: US Library of Congress National Recording Registry
I hope that DRBQ doesn't mind that I am copying here the words that she posted at another website. Her words are a reply to the same comments that I made above. And then my response to DRBQ's posting is further below...
YES - I had some time to rest and think about the Library of Congress Honors, and after some initial thinking, I feel John Fogerty has three songs that absolutely MUST be included in this honorary Recording Registry. His songs are pivotal in contemporary American history and they have served to shape our international politics as well as international sports and social relations.
The # 1 most important Fogerty song in my opinion is, "Fortunate Son." I was living the life in a black ghetto when FS came out, and I was just a little kid when Viet Nam was raging and killing our young boys overseas. Walter Cronkite would talk about the "Body count" on the nightly news, and while I was too young to know that the rich kids got off the draft rolls if they were enrolled in Med School, or Dentistry, or something like that. It was the middle class to lower class kids who got the draft and got sent to Viet Nam to die.
At first, the establishment loved the war. Everyone supported it, and if you didn't support the war effort, you were called a "Communist" and treated like an outcast in society. So there was this peer pressure to pretend to support it. It was like smoking in the late '60's. It was a stupid thing to do, but at the time, nobody knew smoking caused lung cancer. So, everyone smoked and it was really considered COOL if you smoked. Everyone tolerated your smoking too, so a person could light up in church or at a school, or in hospitals or restaurants and nobody protested!!!
So, when Creedence dared to oppose the war and write such a furious, self-righteous song - such as how John Fogerty composed, "Fortunate Son" --- it was at first, very socially shocking and maverick. Creedence really rocked the boat with this song, and they were fearless.
"Fortunate Son" received HUGE airplay on all radio stations across the nation and the globe. Slowly the thinking started to change; people started to oppose the Viet Nam war and we had peace marches and loud, vocal opposition to the war. Everyone now started to pound the tables and demand an end to the war! I would have to say it was, "Fortunate Son" who single-handedly ended the Viet Nam war. YES! You had to BE THERE and FEEL the national mood SHIFT once this song hit the airwaves and influence everyone to everyday average "Joes" to "GI Joes."
This song was Fogerty's first political change agent, and promoter of peace.
Secondly the most important Fogerty song he ever composed must be, "Centerfield." The only other song in the sports category of songs recognized in the National Registry was, "Take Me out to the Ballgame" which I noticed is already in the Registry. This song was written by a woman - that is what I gleaned from reading the details surrounding this old classic song, and I never realized it before today. Anyhow - Fogerty's "Centerfield" is played every spring, when there's new grass on the field or even yet, a whole new ball-field such as Yankee Stadium.
No one can imagine a modern baseball season starting off with out "Centerfield" being played and everyone knows the words to this national song of baseball and American pastimes.
"Centerfield" is a much more positive and energetic song with a more streamlined and modern feeling built inside of it. The optimism of this song is contagious.This is possibly John Fogerty's most famous song.
Thirdly the most important Fogerty song worth merit in this Library of Congress National Recording Registry is "Proud Mary." It is the most authentic, folks song ever written by a major American-born artist and it is an instantly lovable song. The imagery of this song paints a vivid picture of the south in most people's minds, whether they are southerners or northerners or even if they don't even live in the USA. What John Fogerty did while composing this great song is nothing short of genius; the song holds so much meaningfulness to it, and yet it's a set of simple notes and cords that anyone can learn how to strum on guitar. I feel it's a song that celebrates the common work ethic of the average man or woman, and the cyclical nature of the song is strongly appealing to all age categories. It's one of those songs that will be around for another 150 years - at least!
Anyhow - - - - I have to read and absorb the entire link Dana, so that's for another day! Perhaps I can accomplish this next week, which is Holy Week, and I will have time away from work.
I want to squeeze in some hikes in the local mountains and at the beach areas too!
Hiking is so much fun!!!!
Thanks for the suggestion of thought, Dana and friends!!!! X O
And now my response…
Just as I suspected DRBQ, you have gotten things off to a great start in promoting John's music to the US National Recording Registry. As John would say, THAAANNK YOUUUUUUU!
I think that you are right on in selecting Centerfield as a contender for this honor! That song has indeed become indelibly linked to the Great American Pastime over the 28 years since it's release, and one of the only pieces - if not THE only piece - of popular music so far "inducted" into the Baseball Hall of Fame. And of course the song Proud Mary has become a permanent fixture in Americana. Is there any American alive over the age of 15 who doesn't know that song?? Fortunate Son is one of my favorite rock songs of all time; when I first saw Creedence perform the song on The Ed Sullivan Show I was blown away by the power of that guitar and that voice and that band! While I can't say that I agree that the song single-handedly ended the Vietnam War (I'd say that a number of events and a number of popular songs contributed to the growing anti-war sentiment in the late 60s), the song certainly made its mark on me and millions of music fans around the world.
But if I had to pick a single recording to represent the music of John Fogerty and Creedence in the Library of Congress, I'd first have to go with Proud Mary. Not that it is necessarily my personal favorite Fogerty song, but because I believe that it has the best chance to be so honored. I'm sure that the Library of Congress or its National Recording Registry arm have an email address that we can write to. I'm going to write in to promote the induction of CCR's recording of Proud Mary to the Registry.
C'mon everybody, won't you join Mary and me in this worthy endeavor? Send that email right away while you're thinking about it! Together we just might make a difference come next year when the Library selects a new batch of 25 historic recordings!!
Re: US Library of Congress National Recording Registry
Attention All Fogerty/Creedence Fans,
Information on how to nominate recordings for the US National Recording Registry is below. I believe that the easiest means of nomination would be by email: email@example.com
Let's all do our part to "PUT A LITTLE CREEDENCE IN THE LIBRARY!"
National Recording Registry Criteria
The following criteria for the selection of recordings into the National Recording Registry are intended to be read broadly, so that as many recordings as possible will be eligible. Nominations will be referred to the National Recording Preservation Board and, ultimately, the Librarian of Congress, for selection.
• Recordings selected for the National Recording Registry are those that are culturally, historically or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.
• For the purposes of recording selection, "sound recordings" are defined as works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds, but not including the sound component of a moving image work, unless it is available as an autonomous sound recording or is the only extant component of the work.
• Recordings may be a single item or group of related items; published or unpublished; and may contain music, non-music, spoken word, or broadcast sound.
• Recordings will not be considered for inclusion into the National Recording Registry if no copy of the recording exists.
• No recording should be denied inclusion into the National Recording Registry because that recording has already been preserved.
• No recording is eligible for inclusion into the National Recording Registry until ten years after the recording's creation.
• Nominations to the Recording Registry should be submitted according to the guidelines provided below.
How to Nominate Recordings to the Registry
Nominations are forwarded to the Librarian of Congress and the National Recording Preservation Board for their consideration.
Nominations must meet the Recording Registry Selection Criteria.
Individuals may submit up to fifty Registry nominations per year. Please include in your nomination as much information about the recording as possible. All nominations should include the recording artist(s), title, and record label name/number for published recordings or a brief but specific description for unpublished and broadcast recordings.
Nominations should also include a very brief justification.
All recordings selected by the Librarian of Congress for inclusion in the Registry will be listed in the Federal Register, as required by law.
Due to the number of submissions anticipated, nominations will not be acknowledged.
We are continuously accepting nominations to the National Recording Registry. For each year's Registry we accept public nominations up to the date we can comfortably compile the results for the National Recording Preservation Board. As this date varies from year to year, nominations which come in after that date are rolled over to the next year. You may submit nominations via mail, fax, or email:
National Recording Preservation Board
c/o Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington DC 20540-4698
Fax: (202) 707-8464
Given contamination-screening delays in USPS mail delivery to Capitol Hill, the submission of nominations by e-mail, FedEx, or UPS is preferred.