Heard on the Hill

'Rapper's Delight' Not by Donna Summer

Unless the Library of Congress knows something we don't, the hip-hop classic "Rapper's Delight" was recorded by the Sugarhill Gang in 1979 and not by the late great Donna Summer in 1977.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diiL9bqvalo

Obviously, the LOC knows that, but the first sentence of its Wednesday morning statement is just a smidge confusing:

"The voices of former slaves, the sounds of Native American culture, the creative wordplay of 'Rapper’s Delight,' Donna Summer’s electric 1977 hit and the only surviving recording of a stage icon are among the sound recordings selected for induction into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress."

The LOC, and the news outlets that lifted the sentence, obviously meant that both the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and Donna Summer's 1977 disco classic, "I Feel Love," will be saved for posterity.

watch?v=a5ysPEgEU6c

Oh, awkward sentence structure, how awkward you make things.

The LOC is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the National Recording Registry.

"Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today selected 25 sound recordings that will be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures for generations to come."

Check out some of the other recordings that made the registry after the jump.

Dolly Parton “Coat of Many Colors”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1zJzr-kWsI

Prince and the Revolution “Purple Rain”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2uxQ9GEx2s

Leonard Bernstein’s debut with the New York Philharmonic (this is not it):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtgPxnuMNe4

The only surviving recording of Lillian Russell:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UXN2UM_cwo

The Grateful Dead’s 1977 Barton Hall concert:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luAqu8VX5wo

A track from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPG3zSgm_Qo