Gospel Favorite “I’ll Fly Away” Chosen For Inclusion In National Recording Registry

The gospel standard, “I’ll Fly Away,” recorded by the Chuck Wagon Gang in 1948, has been added to the 2016 National Recording Registry. The classic is included among 25 titles selected because of their cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board.

Other titles chosen in the 2016 picks include Marty Robbins’ 1959 “Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs,” “Amazing Grace” by Judy Collins, “American Pie” by Don McLean, “Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland, “In The Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett, Sister Sledge’s 1979 hit “We Are Family,”and more.

Nominations were gathered through online submissions from the public and from the NRPB, which is comprised of leaders in the fields of music, recorded sound and preservation.


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