National Recording Registry

The National Recording Preservation Board, mandated by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, is an advisory group bringing together a number of professional organizations and expert individuals concerned with the preservation of recorded sound. The Board is one of three components established by the legislation to form a national program to ensure the survival, conservation, and increased public availability of America's sound recording heritage. The other two components of the program are the National Recording Registry and a fund-raising Foundation.

Each year since 2002 the National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) and members of the public have nominated recordings to the National Registry. The breadth 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.

Below is the list of recordings of Blues and Blues oriented artists preserved by the registry.


"Hoodoo Man Blues" (album). Junior Wells. (1965) - 2012


"Green Onions." Booker T. & the M.G.'s. (1962)
"Bo Diddley" and "I'm a Man." Bo Diddley. (1955)


"Tipitina." Professor Longhair. (1953)
"The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest." Rev. C.L. Franklin. (1953)
"Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground." Blind Willie Johnson. (1927)
"Let’s Stay Together." Al Green. (1971)


"Smokestack Lightning." Howlin’ Wolf. (1956)
"Today!" (album). Mississippi John Hurt. (1966)


"At Last." Etta James. (1961)
"Boogie Chillen'." John Lee Hooker. (1948)


"'Freight Train,' and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes" (album). Elizabeth Cotten. (1959)
"Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday is Just As Bad." T-Bone Walker. (1947)


"Black Bottom Stomp." Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers. (1926)
"Pony Blues." Charley Patton. (1929)
"(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction." The Rolling Stones. (1965)


"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." Jerry Lee Lewis. (1957)
"Move On Up a Little Higher." Mahalia Jackson. (1948)
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." Gil Scott-Heron. (1970)
"Are You Experienced" (album). The Jimi Hendrix Experience. (1967)
"Live at the Regal" (album). B.B. King. (1965)
"Crazy Blues." Mamie Smith. (1920)
"Blueberry Hill." Fats Domino. (1956)


"The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East" (album). The Allman Brothers Band. (1971)
"See See Rider Blues." Gertrude "Ma" Rainey. (1923)
"I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man." Muddy Waters. (1954)
"Down by the Riverside." Sister Rosetta Tharpe. (1944)
"Stormy Weather." Ethel Waters. (1933)


"I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)." Otis Redding. (1965)
"Roll Over Beethoven." Chuck Berry. (1956)
"The Complete Recordings." Robert Johnson. (1936-1937)
"Goodnight, Irene." Lead Belly. (1933)


"Respect." Aretha Franklin. (1967)
"Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Gospel Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey" (album). Thomas Thomas A. Dorsey, Marion Williams, and others. (1973)
"How High the Moon." Les Paul and Mary Ford. (1951)
"Strange Fruit." Billie Holiday. (1939)
"What'd I Say" (Parts 1 and 2). Ray Charles. (1959)
"Down Hearted Blues." Bessie Smith. (1923)