To mark the release of this year’s additions to the National Recording Registry, we’re going to feature registry recordings with ties to Kansas City.
The National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress honors and preserves recordings of significant cultural, musical and historical value. The registry contains 17 recordings that has ties to Kansas City.
Part 1 contains recordings added in 2002-2004.
One O’Clock Jump, Count Basie and His Orchestra. Basie’s signature recording was released in 1937 and features some of the best musicians ever to have come from Kansas City, including Lester Young on tenor sax and Buck Clayton on trumpet.
Straighten Up and Fly Right, the King Cole Trio. Before finding fame as a pop vocalist, Nat “King” Cole was one of the most innovative jazz pianists of the 1940s. This 1943 recording influenced a generation of jazz pianists, including Bill Evans and Erroll Garner. This recording was likely produced by Dave Dexter Jr., a music journalist and record producer who joined Capitol Records that same year and signed the trio to a contract.
That’ll Be the Day, the Crickets. Buddy Holly’s breakthrough 1957 recording was credited to his backup band because of contractual issues. It features Crickets rhythm guitarist Niki Sullivan on background vocals. Sullivan played on most of Holly’s recordings. After he retired from the music business, Sullivan lived with his family in Sugar Creek, Mo., just east of Kansas City, until his death in 2004.
The Jazz Scene, Various Artists. This album set was released in 1949 on Mercury Records and features recordings by three Kansas City musicians: Charlie Parker, alto sax, and tenor saxophonists Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young.