An 1888 recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, the original cast recording of “Oklahoma!” and the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album will be enshrined in the nation’s registry of historic sound.
They are among the second group of 50 recordings chosen to be digitally preserved by the Library of Congress in an annual program similar to the library’s registry of films.
This year’s list begins with inventor Emile Berliner, a pioneer of recorded sound, reciting the Lord’s Prayer and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” A year earlier he had won his patent for a gramophone that played a flat-disc record instead of the wax cylinders that held the first sound recordings.
Alongside the Beatles’ 1967 “Sgt. Pepper” album are selections from Chuck Berry, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Marvin Gaye and Carole King.
This year’s group also includes the first broadcast in 1974 of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”