The R Hologram format of RIAA awards (1989 – 1997) was a time when the strict formats of earlier periods loosened (see here). That led to the creation of some spectacular awards, like this one for Meat Loaf, Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell. Released in  September 1993, and certified 4X Platinum on 2/18/1994, it is honored here with and Authentic, First Presentation, First-State RIAA award (in a poly bag for protection in storage)… [click to continue…]

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Luther Vandross “Power of Love” – A 1993 Double Platinum RIAA R Hologram Award

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Power of Love is the seventh studio album (eighth overall) by singer-songwriter Luther Vandross, released in April 1991. The following year, the album earned Vandross two American Music Awards for “Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist” and “Favorite Soul/R&B Album” and one Grammy Award for “Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male”, and the track “Power of Love/Love Power” won […]

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“Music From Big Pink” by The Band – An RIAA R Hologram Gold Record!

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Music From Big Pink is the debut studio album by The Band. Released in 1968, it employs a distinctive blend of country, rock, folk, classical, R&B, and soul. The music was composed partly in “Big Pink”, a house shared by Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson in West Saugerties, New York. The album itself […]

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Santana “Amigos” – A 1976 Certified BPI (British) LP Award

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Amigos is the seventh studio album from Santana. Released in the U. S. in March of 1976 and certified RIAA Gold on 6/11/76, it reached a peak Billboard chart position of #10.  In Europe it was a hit in several countries and here you see it honored with a Certified BPI (British) Silver Award… __________________

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Vanilla Fudge “Vanilla Fudge” – An RIAA White Matte For A Very Influential 1968 LP!

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Vanilla Fudge, the band, has been cited as “one of the few American links between psychedelia and what soon became heavy metal.”  The band is known to have influenced The Nice, Deep Purple, Yes, Styx, and Led Zeppelin. Vanilla Fudge, their first album, was released in the summer of 1967, and certified RIAA Gold on 7/23/68. […]

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Awards With Condition Issues – And How I’d Restore Them (…In Future Posts)

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There’s a group of awards I’ve left in disrepair. Out of site, out of mind, may be the best way to describe this cache of 15-20 awards. What they have in common – are condition issues… Caring for awards, especially if they’re going to be displayed, sold, or in danger of further deterioration, is something we all confront. […]

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The Beatles “Rubber Soul” – A Classic 1965 #1 Album – Honored With An Authentic RIAA White Matte!

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An award collector told me there were two kinds of collectors. Those who care that awards are in their original authentic state, and believe they are more valuable that way. And those to whom an award’s original state is not important, but collect them because they honor the music they love, and their musical idols. For me, […]

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From NPR – A Piece Of Gold Record History – How ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ Became The World’s First Gold Record

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The music industry can thank Glenn Miller’s record label for the idea of gold records. Seventy-five years ago today (2/10/17), his song about a train trip became the world’s first solid-gold hit. “Chattanooga Choo Choo” is about a man going home, and promising his sweetheart he’ll never roam. By February 10, 1942, more than 1.2 […]

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Whitney Houston Was A Shooting Star – With A Trail Of Gold, Platinum, And Multi Platinum Awards!

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In the 1980’s, the number of people who bought music increased dramatically, as did the number of music awards presented. Whitney Houston gives us a great example. Whitney was released in May of 1987 and simultaneously certified RIAA Gold, Platinum and 2X Platinum on 7/28/1987. It went on to sell more than twenty five million copies world […]

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Led Zepplin “Whole Lotta Love” – A 1970 Photo Of Their Only RIAA Gold 45 White Matte Presentation!

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While Led Zepplin had many RIAA certified White Matte LP Awards, they only received one RIAA certified White Matte single, Whole Lotta Love. Here’s a photo of it’s presentation to the group (and their manager Peter Grant on the left)… You’ll find more information on the award itself here in the Honor Music Awards collection. ____________________ Thinking […]

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Q. What Do Joe Cocker, Norman Greenbaum, & Daddy Dewdrop Have In Common?

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A. Disc Awards Ltd. Awards. The 1960’s through the 1980’s were magical times for the music business, and Discs Awards Ltd. in Los Angeles, became a go to In-House gold and platinum awards manufacturer. Their consistent, high-quality, beautiful style, became the workhorse for labels, artists, and management alike, because they allowed customized plate inscriptions, and could […]

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What Is “Moontan”?

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“Moontan” is the ninth album by the Dutch rock band Golden Earring. It contains the hit single Radar Love and is the band’s most successful album in the United States, being the only Golden Earring album to be certified Gold by the RIAA (on September 20, 1974).  Here you see it honored with an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State, RIAA Gold LP […]

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Three Famously Rare RIAA Walnut Plaques – Awarded To Tennesee Ernie Ford

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In the late 50’s and early 60’s Tennessee Ernie Ford was a huge star. The song Sixteen Tons (video) was his biggest hit, and he had four albums certified by the RIAA as million sellers. Below you see three of them in their Authentic, First-Presentation state as Walnut Plaques, the rarely seen RIAA format from 1958-1964… Spirituals […]

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