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Who knew there was a Beavis and Butt-Head RIAA platinum award? There was! For the Beavis and Butt-Head Experience, released in 1993, and here honored with an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State, RIAA R Hologram Award… Cool! This Sucks!

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Iron Butterfly “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” – A Curious (One Of A Kind?) – Authentic, First Presentation, RIAA White Matte LP Award

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Iron Butterfly’s remarkable 1968 album “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was recorded at Ultra-Sonic in Hempstead, Long Island, (the story of its recording here), released in July, 1968 and certified RIAA Gold on 12/3/68. It became the first platinum album, has sold over 30 million copies, and was a musical and cultural phenomenon. Here you see it honored with an […]

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Meat Loaf “Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell” – 4X Platinum – 1994 RIAA R Hologram CD Award

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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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