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Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man,’ John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ picked for Library of Congress registry

Billy Joel performs with his band at Madison

Billy Joel performs with his band at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan on Oct. 2, 2014. Credit: Marisol Diaz

Two of Long Island’s best known songs – Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” and John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” – are among this year’s selections for the Library of Congress National Recording Registry, along with Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” The Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go” and two versions of “Mack the Knife.”

Each year the Library of Congress selects 25 sound recordings to be preserved as part of the national collection at its Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va.

“These recordings, by a wide range of artists in many genres of music and in spoken word, will be preserved for future listeners,” acting librarian of Congress David S. Mao said in a statement. “This collection of blues, jazz, rock, country and classical recordings, interspersed with important recordings of sporting events, speeches, radio shows and comedy, helps safeguard the record of what we’ve done and who we are.”

Joel’s “Piano Man” was the Hicksville native’s breakthrough hit in 1973 – about the power of music to help us “forget about life for a while” that has become his signature song and one of rock’s most enduring anthems.

Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” written at the legendary saxophonist’s longtime home in Dix Hills, has been hailed as one of jazz’s most important songs since its release in 1964.

The Library of Congress, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board, also chose:

Columbia Quartette’s “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” (1911)

Clarence Williams’ Blue Five’s “Wild Cat Blues” (1923)

Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues” (1928)

W.H. Stepp’s “Bonaparte’s Retreat” (1937)

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s version of Mahler Symphony No. 9 (1938)

“Carousel of American Music” from George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Arthur Freed, Shelton Brooks, Hoagy Carmichael and others (1940)

The “Vic and Sade” episode of “Decoration Day” (1937)

George C. Marshall’s “Marshall Plan” speech (1947)

“A Garage in Gainesville” and “Execution Awaited” episodes of “Destination Freedom” (1949)

Original soundtrack from “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951)

Julie London’s “Cry Me a River” (1955)

Radio coverage of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game (1962)

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “It’s My Way” (1964)

The Impressions’ “People Get Ready” (1965)

Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried” (1968)

Santana’s “Abraxas” (1970)

George Carlin’s “Class Clown” (1972)

The Beaux Arts Trio’s “Robert and Clara Schumann Complete Piano Trios” (1972)

Clifton Chenier’s “Bogalusa Boogie” (1976)

Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” (1986)

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