Universal Music Makes Large Contribution To Library Of Congress
January 10, 2011 at 5:34 AM (PT)
THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS has received a large contribution of music from UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP. The donation includes numerous recordings from the period 1926 to 1948. The NEW YORK TIMES reports it "contains music representing every major genre of American popular song of that era -- jazz, blues, country and the smooth pop of the pre-rock-'n'-roll period -- as well as some light classical and spoken-word selections. One historic highlight is the master recording of BING CROSBY's 1947 version of 'White Christmas,' which according to GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS is the best-selling single of all time."
"This is a treasure trove, a mile-plus of material on the shelves, much of it music that has been out of circulation for many years," said LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Head Of The Recorded Sound Section Of The Motion Picture, Broadcasting And Recorded Sound Division GENE DEANNA. "You can’t get any better copies than these, so this represents a major upgrade."