Neil Diamond's 'Sweet Caroline' Added To National Recording Registry

Neil Diamond sings 'Sweet Caroline' during a game between the Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox in the 8th inning at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (WBZ NewsRadio/AP) — Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" has become a Fenway Park staple since the song first debuted at the ballpark in 1997. Now, the 1969 classic has been recognized by the Library of Congress as one of 25 recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry.

Songs performed by Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper and a Robert F. Kennedy speech are among the other inductees.

The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that "La Bamba," ''Gunsmoke" and "Hair" are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year. The national library chose a few more memorable titles including Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" and Sam & Dave's "Soul Man."

The registry is adding Kennedy's recorded speech after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 assassination — two months before Kennedy was killed.

Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly," Lauper's "She's So Unusual" and Jay-Z's "Blueprint" album are being added.

Other songs being added include Nina Simon's "Mississippi Goddam," Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" and "Schoolhouse Rock!"

The library selects titles for preservation because of their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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