15 Black Musicians You May Not Have Known Had Their Works Preserved in The Library of Congress


Duke Ellington Orchestra

The Blanton-Webster era recordings were produced in the time frame of 1940 and 1942. The recordings feature many of Ellington’s famous hits like “Take the A-Train.” This jazz collection was inducted in 2002.


James Brown 

Brown’s 1965 album “Live at the Apollo” was inducted into the registry in 2004. This album includes hits like “Try Me” and “Night Train.”


Bo Diddley

“Bo Diddley” is the self-titled album released in 1955. This great rock/blues debut album included hits like “I’m a Man.” Diddley along with Chuck Berry help create rock ‘n’ roll. The album was inducted in 2011.

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