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 was released in April 1957 and certified RIAA gold on 10/10/61…riaa-award2-3

Star Carol was released in October 1958 and certified RIAA gold on March 12, 1962…riaa4-2

Nearer The Cross was released in May 1959 and certified RIAA gold on March 22, 1962… [click to continue…]

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Here’s an RIAA Gold LP Floater for Santa Esmeralda “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

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Santa Esmeralda, a U.S./French disco group released, the 1965 hit for The Animals, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, in October of 1977. Their version was certified RIAA gold on 6/8/78 and peaked at #25, becoming their only RIAA certified album. Here you see it honored with an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State RIAA Gold Floater Award… The fingerprints […]

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If You Collect RIAA Awards From The 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – There’s A Book You Must Have!

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“From Gene Autry to Zapp, Rick Astley to Zager & Evans, Anthrax to the Zombies (The Billboard Book of Gold and Platinum Records by Adam White contains) 1,000-plus recording artists whose music has been certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) between March 1958 and August 1989.” If you […]

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Kiss “Double Platinum” – 1978 – RIAA Platinum Floater

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The first Kiss compilation album, Double Platinum, was released on April 2, 1978. Six weeks later it became RIAA Gold and Platinum simultaneously on 5/16/78. This double album included many remixed versions of their hits, as well as “Strutter ’78”, a re-recorded version of a song from the group’s first album.  Here you see it honored with […]

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The Hollies – Influenced By Swamp Rock (CCR) – Earned Their First RIAA White Matte In 1972

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After many great songs, different line-ups, and with a nod to the rhythms of Creedence Clearwater Revival,  The Hollies released “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” in May of 1972. It was certified RIAA gold on 9/11/72 and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here you see it honored with an Authentic, First Presentation, […]

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The “Pioneering Godfathers Of The Jam Band” – Received 4 RIAA LP White Mattes

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The Early 70’s were heady days for the Grateful Dead. Their concerts made them the “pioneering godfathers of the jam band” – Wikipedia, and their albums were certified RIAA gold. Here they are (with record executive Joe Smith) honored with one of their four RIAA White Matte LP’s… _________________ To share all things awards, please contact me […]

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Black Eyed Peas – Mariah Carey – Staind – Bon Jovi – All Sold Millions As The “Gold Record” Era Came To An End

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Sales success in music went from “Gold Records” that were simply framed gold discs, to RIAA Multi-Platinum and Worldwide Multi-Platinum awards. The significance of awards hasn’t changed but the awards of the past have become increasingly rare, and led to new standards of success in multiple formats (and now streamed, shared and downloaded). Here are some examples […]

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Restoring A Classic 1968 RIAA LP White Matte – And A Chance To Look Inside

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Q. Who are Rod McKuen, Anita Kerr and Joe Smith? And what do they have in common (besides you don’t know who they are)? A. Rod McKuen was one of the best-selling poets in the United States during the late 60’s. Anita Kerr is an American singer, arranger, composer, conductor, pianist, and music producer. And Joe Smith is […]

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Hi KISS Fans! – Here’s A Rare RIAA Bar Hologram For The 2005 DVD “Kiss: Rock The Nation Live”!

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A KISS show in July 2004, turned into KISS: Rock The Nation Live!, a DVD notable for the addition of “Kiss Power Vision”, which enables the viewer to select different camera angles, each focusing on a different member of the band. The DVD was released on December 13, 2005, and certified by the RIAA for multi-platinum DVD sales of 200,000. Here […]

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Donna Summer “MacArthur Park” – 1978 #1 Single – RIAA Gold 45 Floater Award

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Released in September 1978, certified RIAA gold on 10/26/78, MacArthur Park became Donna Summer’s first #1 RIAA gold 45. The song, written and composed by Jimmy Webb, was first recorded by Richard Harris in 1968, his version peaked at #2 (see an In House award honoring that achievement). Here you see it honored with an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State, RIAA […]

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R. Kelly “R.” – A Big – Bold – Beautiful – Bar Hologram – RIAA Award For Five Million Sold

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R. Kelly released R. on November 10, 1998 and according to Wikipedia, this album was the first time Kelly allowed other record producers to produce or co-produce on his album, as opposed to producing the entire album himself, as well as his first time collaborating with various artists on his album. The result was a huge […]

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Michael Jackson “Thriller” – 3X Platinum – RIAA Strip-Plate Award

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Thriller was Michael Jackson’s masterpiece. Released in November 1982 and certified RIAA Gold and Platinum on 1/31/83, it sold over 30,000,000 copies in the United States alone. Seven singles were released, all of which reached the top 10 on Billboard. The videos for “Thriller“, “Billie Jean” and “Beat It” all received regular rotation on MTV and the album […]

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Paul Anka “(You’re) Having My Baby” – 1974 #1 Song – RIAA Gold White Matte Award

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(You’re) Having My Baby, by prolific songwriter and performer Paul Anka, was released in June of 1974, certified RIAA Gold on 8/14/74, and reached #1 on Billboard (becoming his third #1 song). Here you see it honored with an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State RIAA White Matte Gold Single (wrapped in a 2 mil polyethylene bag for protection in storage)… Have […]

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