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'Historic' Stones enter archive
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction hit number one in 1965
Records by the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon have been chosen for preservation by the US Library of Congress.

The Stones' Satisfaction and Simon's Graceland album will enter the National Recordings Registry, which preserves historic works for future generations.

President Roosevelt's 1941 address to the US Congress seeking a declaration of war against Japan was also selected.

Twenty-five recordings enter the archive each year after being nominated by the public and a panel of experts.

The works must be at least 10 years old and "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant".

Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground were also selected for the registry
Other recordings chosen this year include Carl Perkins' Blue Suede Shoes, Be My Baby by the Ronettes and A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke.

Seminal rock album The Velvet Underground and Nico was also selected, even though it flopped on its initial release in 1967, when it stalled at number 171 in the US charts.

The oldest recording selected for the archive this year is a monologue by comedian Cal Stewart, made in 1904.

Congress created the registry in 2000. It now totals 225 sound recordings.

The earliest work is by the inventor of the microphone, Emile Berliner, who recites Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and The Lord's Prayer in a recording made in 1888.

The most recent recording is Nirvana's Nevermind album, which came out in 1991 and entered the archive in 2004.

Last year, two public nominations were included in the registry - a recording of a foghorn and a Californian high school marching band playing Beethoven.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2007 registry.

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