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This Day in Georgia History

June 23, 2010

Georgians’ Music in Library of Congress

Two recordings by Georgia musicians were selected for inclusion in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress catalog of music and historic recordings. One was the pioneering 1955 hit “Tutti Frutti,” recorded by Macon native Richard Penniman (better known as Little Richard). The other addition to the Library of Congress’s permanent collection was “Radio Free Europe,” by Athens based band R.E.M. The orginal version (the one added to the Library of Congress collection) helped spur the indie rock movement. A later, more elaborate version was the lead single on “Murmur,” the band’s 1983 debut album.