Monday, June 6, 2011

National Jukebox of Historic Sound Recordings

The National Jukebox is a new website of over 10,000 rare historic sound recordings available to the public in digital form for the first time. Developed by the Library of Congress (LOC), with assets provided by Sony Music Entertainment, the National Jukebox offers free online access to a vast selection of music, including early jazz, blues and "novelty" songs, recordings made for distinct ethnic groups (i.e., Irish songs), as well as spoken-word recordings produced in the U.S. between the years 1901 and 1925.

You can search by artist or genres or just browse all recordings. Jukebox Day by Day let's you hear what was recorded on any given day of the year (i.e., your birthday, anniversary, today's date, etc.). There are also playlists compiled by LOC curators and guest experts. For example, a collection of songs by Irving Berlin. The LOC even allows the public to contribute playlists, so if you're an early/historic music aficionado, you may want to submit your favorites.

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