R Holograms (1989 -1997)

The Beach Boys need no introduction, but they had one, with the release of 12 songs on their second album Surfin’ U.S.A. in April 1963. It became their first certified RIAA gold album on November 15, 1965 and reached a peak Billboard chart position of #2.  Here you see it honored with an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State RIAA White Matte.  RIAA frames from this early period could be darker than the frames to come…20160616_171551_Richtone(HDR)Presentations on these early awards were exclusively made to the group, not the individuals…
20160616_171731_Richtone(HDR)This award is original and untouched with the New York Frame & Picture address of 141 Fulton St. address still attached…
20160616_171913_Richtone(HDR)20160616_171933_Richtone(HDR)Thirty years later Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys recapped their amazing musical career with a 1993 boxed set released by Capitol Records that contains 5 CDs, 141 songs, 40 unreleased, including 30 minutes of the most legendary unreleased album in rock: Smile. Here it is honored with Authentic, First Presentation, First-State RIAA R Hologram. Though it never charted, it went gold in the US just over four months after its release.   The award is 18″ wide and 24″ high…  [click to continue…]

The Beatles Shocked The BBC From 1963 to 1965 – And Their 1994 Compilation LP Sold Millions!

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“England got a lot more of The Beatles than America did during the group’s formative years. Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs, including their own series, “Pop Go The Beatles.” – Terry Gross, Fresh Air Host.  Listen to the full Fresh Air story here. Live At The BBC is […]

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Iron Butterfly – 3 Awards For “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” – An RIAA White Matte – An In-House Platinum Award (the first) – A 4X Platinum RIAA R Hologram

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If you received awards in the 60′s – 70′s – or 80′s, congratulations!  If you would like to spotlight and share their stories with other collectors (free), or maybe a few of them have wound up in the closet or garage and you’ve thought about selling them, please contact me at (818) 416-3770 or jim@honormusicawards.com. […]

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Hammer, M.C. “Too Ligit To Quit” Platinum RIAA (Certified in United States), CRIA (Certified in Canada), RIJA (Certified in Japan) CD Awards

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In the early 90’s the pop-rap music, Hammer pants, and choreography of Hammer, M.C. burned brightly. His album To Legit To Quit  was certified platinum around the world including in the three countries whose awards celebrate it here… In the United States, with a 5X Platinum RIAA CD Award… In Canada, with a 2X Platinum […]

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Poison “Something To Believe In” – 1992 RIAA R Hologram – Gold Cassette Single Award

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Poison released their third album, Flesh & Blood, on June 21, 1990. It was a highly successful album, peaking at No. 2 and selling millions of copies. According to Wikipedia, the ballad “Something To Believe In” was dedicated to the band’s security guard and close friend James Kimo Maano who died. This celebration is an Authentic, […]

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Bonham: The Emergence Of Drumming (And Label) Royalty

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Bonham was Jason Bonham’s band, and Jason had superstar lineage as the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Bohnam’s label had superstar lineage as well. The initials WTG stood for  Walter Yetnikoff (president of CBS Records from 1975 to 1990), Tommy Motolla (In 1990, he replaced Yenikoff as Chairman CEO of the […]

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RIAA R Holograms (1989-1997) — The Shifting Formats Of “Record Awards”

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From 1958 to the early 1980’s the formats of RIAA record awards were stable, always an LP or a Single 45, with small changes in presentation plates and materials used. Beginning with Flower Holograms (1985-1989) the strict format requirements were lessened, and by 1989, with CD’s replacing LP’s in sales, and R Hologram awards increasing, […]

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Roxette “Look Sharp!” Gold RIAA LP R Hologram CD, Cassette & Record Award

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Roxette is a Swedish pop rock duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson (vocals) and Per Gessle (vocals and guitar). Roxette’s single Look Sharp was released in February 1989 and exploded to #1 on Billboard on April 4, 1989. The album “Look Sharp!” was released that same month and certified RIAA Gold on June 2, 1989. This […]

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Deep Purple “Burn” & “Who Do We Think We Are!” Gold RIAA R Holograms

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The  R Hologram was the authorized RIAA logo from 1990 to 1997. Deep Purple “Who Do We Think We Are! Released January 1973, RIAA certified 4/11/73, peak chart position #15. Artie Mogull was a long time music industry publisher, and label executive. He is perhaps best known for signing Bob Dylan to his first publishing […]

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Blind Melon “Blind Melon” 1993 Platinum and 2X Platinum R Hologram RIAA Album, Cassette and CD Awards

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Gold and platinum awards have become vivid symbols of music’s success, worldwide.  Honor Music is about celebrating their history and presentation, for those who have received and collect them. ____________________________ Blind Melon enjoyed critical and commercial success in the early 1990s and is best remembered for their 1993 single “No Rain”.  The 1995 death of […]

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Kingston Trio “Here We Go Again” RIAA Gold LP/Cassette R Hologram Award

Here’s an opportunity to celebrate The Kingston Trio, the biggest music group in the world, in 1959.  And while we’re at it, also talk about RIAA PRESENTATION  TYPES. Over the years there have been different Authentic RIAA award formats. First Presentation awards were made in the RIAA format used in the year they were certified, […]

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Stone Temple Pilots (STP) “Core” RIAA 3X Platinum LP Award

Sometimes the award says it all … “Core” was Stone Temple Pilots first album. It grew from a core in San Diego. Released on September 29, 1992. Certified Gold 4/20/1993. Certified Platinum 6/09/1993. Certified 2X Platinum 8/27/1993. Certified 3X Platinum 2/08/1994. It eventually went to 8X Platinum 12/18/2001. Judy McGrath is an instrumental figure in […]

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Guns N’ Roses “Use Your Illusion 1 & 2” RIAA 3XPlatinum CD R Hologram

 Submit pictures of your awards for spotlighting.  Join Honor Music Awards on Facebook.  Receive free collector news and award stories by Email. _____________________________ Guns N’ Roses, with enough music for two albums, released Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II on September 17, 1991. The tactic paid off when the albums debuted at […]

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