Acadiana's own Clifton Chenier is one of the honorees of the Library of Congress Class of 2016. Each year, the Library of Congress chooses which songs and albums to preserve within its National Recording Registry, and Clifton's  Zydeco classic 'Bogalusa Boogie', from 1976, will join Billy Joel's 'Piano Man' and Merle Haggard's 'Mama Tried' among others this year. What an honor for this Opelousas native! Congratulations to the Chenier family on Mr Clifton's inclusion into the 450 preserved recordings. Below are the honorees.

 

    • "Let Me Call You Sweetheart"—Columbia Quartette (The Peerless Quartet) (1911)
    • "Wild Cat Blues"—Clarence Williams' Blue Five (1923)
    • "Statesboro Blues"—Blind Willie McTell (1928)
    • "Bonaparte's Retreat"—W.H. Stepp (1937)
    • Mahler Symphony No. 9—Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Bruno Walter, conductor. (1938)
    • "Carousel of American Music"—George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Arthur Freed, Shelton Brooks, Hoagy Carmichael, others (September 24, 1940)
    • "Vic and Sade"—Episode: "Decoration Day." (June 4, 1937) Radio
    • The "Marshall Plan" Speech—George C. Marshall (June 5, 1947)
    • "Destination Freedom"—Episodes: "A Garage in Gainesville" and "Execution Awaited" (September 25, October 2, 1949)
    • Original soundtrack from "A Streetcar Named Desire"—Alex North, composer. (1951)
    • "Cry Me a River"—Julie London (1955)
    • "Mack the Knife" (singles)—Louis Armstrong (1956); Bobby Darin (1959).
    • Fourth-quarter radio coverage of Wilt Chamberlin's 100-point game (Philadelphia Warriors vs. New York Knicks)—Bill Campbell, announcer (March 2, 1962)
    • "A Love Supreme"—John Coltrane (1964)
    • "It's My Way"—Buffy Sainte-Marie (1964) (album)
    • "Where Did Our Love Go" (single)—The Supremes (1964)
    • "People Get Ready" (single)—The Impressions (1965)
    • "Mama Tried" (single)—Merle Haggard (1968)
    • "Abraxas"—Santana (1970)
    • "Class Clown"—George Carlin (1972)
    • "Robert and Clara Schumann Complete Piano Trios"—The Beaux Arts Trio (1972)
    • "Piano Man" (single)—Billy Joel (1973)
    • "Bogalusa Boogie"—Clifton Chenier (1976)
    • "I Will Survive"—Gloria Gaynor (1978)
    • "Master of Puppets"—Metallica (1986)