Disco enthusiasts are still reeling over the death of roller-rink royalty Donna Summer, and less than a week after her passing, one of her most iconic anthems, "I Feel Love," was named as one of 23 recordings that will be added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry this year. And she’s in fine, if not eclectic, company, from Dolly Parton’s "Coat of Many Colors" to Bo Diddley’s "I’m A Man" to an Edward R. Murrow conversation, Love’s Forever Changes and Booker T. & The MGs’ groovy instrumental "Green Onions":
Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack to "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was added, a timeless holiday classic which introduced jazz to children for a generation and became culturally relevant for an entirely different reason thanks to Arrested Development:
More legendary pop music works added include Prince’s landmark Purple Rain, Sugarhill Gang’s hip-hop watershed "Rapper’s Delight" and Parliament’s Mothership Connection. The most surprising part of all of this in our humble opinion is that “Rapper’s Delight” wasn’t already in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. You’d think that would have been added years ago. Same goes for Purple Rain. Ah, well.
For the full effect of Summer’s disco classic, a club staple during the summer of 1977 and anthem of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, watch this almost spiritual live performance from that year. Summer will be missed, but her music is truly invincible: