Donna Summer, Dolly Parton, ‘Rapper’s Delight’ Added to LOC National Recording Registry

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: 

Prince, Donna Summer Make National Recording Registry

Among the new music that will reportedly be added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry today are some surprising gems.

According to ArtsBeat, the registry has chosen to include in its hallowed archives 25 “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” recordings. Some of those that made it are Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love,” Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” a live, 1977 performance by The Grateful Dead, Prince’s soundtrack to Purple Rain, and the Love stunner Forever Changes.

Not sure what constitutes a national treasure of a recording? Check out our favorites below.

Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love"

Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”

Love’s “Bummer In The Summer"

The Grateful Dead’s “Morning Dew”

Smells Like Teen Spirit?

While continuing to celebrate its 100th year anniversary, the cobblers over at Converse have debuted their Fall 2008 Footwear Collection, a celebration of Chuck Taylors, Jack Purcells, One Stars—and dead rock stars? Available at Journeys “across the county,” which we’re hoping is a typo, these latest designs feature scribbles courtesy of Kurt Cobain’s notebook and logos courtesy of Garcia’s Grateful Dead. These are, how you say, “Beyond Description” (in a good way).