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Heard on the Hill: Old-Timey Tunes

The Library of Congress National Jukebox made its debut Tuesday, and its kind of like Pandora for the early 20th century.

The librarys website, a partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, makes available more than 10,000 sound recordings, and it turns out that those songs date from 1901 to 1925.

Tuesdays performance at the National Jukebox unveiling by Harry Connick Jr. may have been a red herring for more modern music. But the song he performed, Im Wild About Harry, was written in 1921, so it works.

Still, theres plenty for music lovers, from opera arias to obscure classics such as Down Where The Swanee River Flows to works by American greats such as George Gershwin and Irving Berlin.

Well admit, were a little disappointed that Madonna and Simon and Garfunkel (both Sony artists at one point) arent on the LOC-approved list. But since theyll regularly be adding to the jukebox, heres hoping, right?

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