Floaters (1975-1981)

Santa Esmeralda, a U.S./French disco group released, the 1965 hit for The Animals, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstoodin 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…

20160729_141716_Richtone(HDR)The fingerprints and smudges on the edges of the disc probably come from mishandling and incomplete cleaning before the award was assembled. I don’t think it affects its value, but rather becomes part of the personality, character, and story of the award. They don’t have to be perfect to be valuable.20160729_141748_Richtone(HDR)

The torn original backing paper is something you find on many awards of this age, and also has no affect on value.

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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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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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So Sad … A Brilliant Talent Gone To Soon – A Body Of Work That Will Live Forever

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I was shocked, as I imagine you were, by the death of Prince. An amazing guitarist, singer, songwriter, performer, and collaborator. His artistic vision and exploration will be sorely missed. Here we honor him, so sad to say posthumously, by sharing his first RIAA certified gold LP. Released in October 1979, and certified gold on […]

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ELO’s First Use Of What Would Become Their Iconic Logo – On “A New World Record”

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Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) released a A New World Record in October of 1976. Its cover art features, for the first time, the ELO logo, designed by Kosh. This logo would be included on most of the group’s subsequent releases. Certified gold by the RIAA on 10/25/76, you see it honored here as An Authentic, RIAA Certified, First […]

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Where Jazz Met Rock In The Late 1970’s – Steely Dan “Aja” – RIAA Platinum LP Award

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Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band founded by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen in 1972. The band enjoyed great critical and commercial success in the late 70’s and early 80’s especially for their sixth, and best selling album, Aja. Released in September 1977 and certified RIAA Platinum on 12/27/77, it reached a peak […]

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Wait! What’s The Story With This 5th Dimension 1969 RIAA Gold Single For “Wedding Bell Blues”

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In the late 60’s and early 70’s The 5th Dimension’s “champagne soul” music was everywhere. Their #1 single, Wedding Bell Blues (written by the incredibly talented Laura Nyro) was released in September of 1969, and certified RIAA Gold to commemorate the sale of one million copies, on 12/5/69. Here you see it honored with an Authentic, Second-State, and what looks like Second Presentation award. A First-State, First […]

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Spyro Gyra “Morning Dance” – Cutting Edge Fusion In 1979 – And A Classic RIAA “Floater”

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Some awards speak to you.  You loved the music, the artist, the times.  Something in the melodies and rhythms connect you to happy moments. Gold records speak because they provide a visceral reminder of those moments. I imagine Spyro Gyra connected with a lot of people, but not so much with me. I connect with them […]

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What Was The Last #1 Song Of The 1970’s … And The Only Song To Hit Number #1 In Two Decades?

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In addition to the trivia above, you also might want to know that this song was the artist’s only Billboard #1 single. It’s original title is not the title it’s known by, and it was Infinity Records‘ biggest hit (at the same time they also released Pope John Paul II Sings at the Festival of Sacrosong, […]

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Johnny Mathis – Made Slow Dancing Foreplay in the 1960’s!

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While Johnny Mathis was known for romantic ballads, his discography includes dozens of RIAA Gold and Platinum Albums from various genres.  This 1978 RIAA Floater award for You Light Up My Life, is just one in the long tradition. Certified RIAA Gold on May 2, 1978, it reached a peak Billboard chart position of #9. […]

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Crosby & Nash “Wind On The Water” Gold RIAA Floater LP Award

Floaters, are a classic RIAA format, and the earliest ones are now 40 years old (reference to – a blink of an eye). This Crosby & Nash (David & Graham)  “Wind On The Water” (released 9/75 and certified RIAA gold on 11/7/75) is a particularly great example of an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State award. Macey Lipman worked […]

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Isley Brothers “Fight The Power” – The Tale Of Two RIAA Gold Singles – What’s Up here?

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If you’re reading this email I know you’re interested in record awards. I bet you have, or have seen, quite a few. Me too. But here’s something I’ve never seen before (put it in the category of awards trivia). A few weeks ago I posted an RIAA Isley Brothers gold award for one million sales […]

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Isley Brothers “Fight The Power (Part 1)” – 1975 #4 Single – RIAA Floater – Gold Record Award

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“The Isley Brothers seemed to have as many lives in their show-business career as a cat. They started out as a hit on the black rhythm & blues circuit and later parlayed that into broad success as rock artists. When things slowed down for them in the U.S. teen market in the mid-1960s, they moved […]

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