AA Photos & Info

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… awards with condition issues (2)Caring for awards, especially if they’re going to be displayed, sold, or in danger of further deterioration, is something we all confront. My philosophy is to keep awards in original condition, which easy to do when there are only slight condition issues. But when an award requires restoration, how much and what repair is enough? If the matte is slightly discolored, does it need to be replaced? What’s the best way to open and re-close an award whose plate or disc needs to be re-attached? Can a frame be repaired or does it need to be replaced? How will these repairs affect not only how it looks, but its future value? Certainly there are many opinions about how to restore (or not restore) awards. In future posts I’ll share some of mine, about…  [click to continue…]

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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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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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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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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Elvis!!! A Gold Record Collectible That Isn’t Exactly A Gold Record!

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Elvis Presley of course has been honored around the world with hundreds of gold and platinum records. But did you know that one of his awards was the subject of a trading card?  Specifically, The Elvis Collection #656, a 1972 RIAA White Matte for Elvis As Recorded AT Madison Square Garden. With a picture on the front […]

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A long long time ago in this very galaxy STAR WARS AWARDS became scattered… desperate to bring them together one collector began collecting…

Alert all commands! Put away your light sabers (for a moment)! Honor Music Awards is happy to feature the epic Star Wars awards collection assembled by Gus Lopez. May the Force be with you in your viewing!  http://www.theswca.com/images-misc/award-chart.html   PS  If you have awards you’d like to share (or awards you’d like to sell), please […]

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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words – Or In This Case A Few: Authentic, RIAA Certified, White Matte, First Presentation, First-State

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Steely Dan pose for a portrait at the gold record presentation for their debut album Can’t Buy A Thrill at ABC Records in 1973 in Los Angeles, California.  Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter, Denny Dias, Jim Hodder, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen… Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

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AWARD VIEWING OPPORTUNITY!! The Ringo Starr Auction At Juliene’s

Through this Saturday December 5th there is a rare opportunity to see record awards with perfect lineage – from Ringo Starr! Maybe even bid on a few. Julien’s auction of his career mementos can be seen here… http://www.juliensauctions.com/images/auctions/2015/ringo-starr-barbara-bach/flipbook-starr/icatalog.html  Search for record awards, and as you scroll the results you’ll see Ringo’s personal awards from around the […]

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Rare. Milestone. First Artist To. Surpass RIAA’s 100 Million Mark! Congratulations to Rihanna!

FYI and consideration… Until 1975 an artist received a certified RIAA Gold Award — there were no Platinum RIAA Awards — for one million dollars worth of LP sales, or one million copies of a 45 single. My how that has changed… The RIAA recently announced that musical artist Rihanna has surpassed over 100 million […]

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Where Have All The LP’s Gone?

Where have all the LP’s gone? Apparently to Brazil. I came across this article in the New York Times about a Brazilian bus magnate who’s buying up all the world’s vinyl records. As most awards collectors also have LP collections, I thought you might be interested. I also thought about the tiny, tiny, tiny percentage […]

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Collections: Ohio Players, Eddie Kendicks, B. T. Express, The Crusaders, Johnnie Taylor

Describing individual awards and sharing their stories is something we like to do at Honor Music Awards. Today we’re going to do something different–and spotlight a collection. Collectors from around the world focus on artists and/or periods and/or types of music (the Honor Music Awards collection focuses on the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s). These awards […]

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Petula Clark – Famous Artist – Unknown Award

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Over a year ago a friend of mine, Bryan Thomas, sent me this photo. No back story. No information on presentation. No reference to nationality of award. No identification of the song it celebrated. Without that type of information that usually accompanies an award post, it didn’t get posted. Until now. The only thing for […]

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