Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” Added to National Recording Registry

Dolly Parton has achieved another historic milestone: her classic song “Coat Of Many Colors” has been added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

One of 25 recordings selected annually for being “historically, culturally or aesthetically significant,” “Coat Of Many Colors” brings the Registry’s total number of recordings to 350. The Congress said “Coat Of Many Colors” “affectionately recounts an impoverished childhood in the hills of Tennessee that was made rich by the love of her family.” Joining Parton in the Registry this year are Patsy Montana, Donna Summer, the Grateful Dead and Prince plus historical recordings of former American slaves (recorded in 1930), Leonard Bernstein, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and Parliament’s “Mothership Connection.”

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