The Library of Congress National Recording Registry added 25 more songs, including Kenny Rogers’ hit 1978 rendition of “The Gambler,” which was penned by Nashville writer Don Schlitz. Also being added to the registry this year is Merle Travis‘ 1946 album Folk Songs of the Hills. Travis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977, while Rogers was inducted in 2013.
“This annual celebration of recorded sound reminds us of our varied and remarkable American experience” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in a statement “The unique trinity of historic, cultural and aesthetic significance reflected in the National Recording Registry each year is an opportunity for reflection on landmark moments, diverse cultures and shared memories—all reflected in our recorded soundscape.”
The librarian selects 25 titles each year that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Each title must be at least 10 years old before being added to the registry.
“The Gambler” was recorded in the Sound Emporium B room and produced by Larry Butler. Congratulations to Kenny, Larry and songwriter Don Schlitz.