White Matte (RIAA Award Format From 1964 -1975)

 On the 50th Anniversary of his death (at age 26), I’m re-posting this award to honor the life and music of Otis Redding…

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When people ask me what my favorite award is, it’s difficult to name one, like saying who is your favorite child (I have four). But more often than not this award comes to mind — a gold RIAA White Matte single for the iconic song by Otis Redding, (Sittin On The) Dock Of The BayotisreddingdockGR45WMFReleased in January 1968, it was recorded by Otis Redding days before his death in a plane crash on December 10, 1967. He started writing lyrics in August 1967, while sitting on a rented houseboat in Sausalito (across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco) and completed it with the help of co-writer and Stax producer Steve Cropper. It’s release on Stax Records’ Volt label in 1968, became the first posthumous single to reach #1 on the Billboard charts and it was certified RIAA gold on 3/11/68. [click to continue…]

Helen Reddy’s 1973 LP “Long Hard Climb” – Honored With An RIAA Gold White Matte Award

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Helen Reddy enjoyed international success in the 1970’s. Her fourth studio album Long Hard Climb was released in the summer of 1973, and certified RIAA Gold on September 19, 1973. It contained her hit singles, Delta Dawn and Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) and is honored here with an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State, RIAA White Matte…The marks on the frame, […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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You Like “Soft Soul” From The Early 70’s …?

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… Here’s a classic by the Five Stairsteps, made up of five siblings from Chicago who became known as “The First Family of Soul” (a name later passed on to The Jackson 5).  They were best known for their hit single O-o-h Child (video) which was released in February 1970, Certified RIAA gold on 8/11/70, and reached a peak Billboard Hot […]

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Honoring A One Hit Wonder – “Brandy” By Looking Glass – With An RIAA Gold 45 White Matte

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In February 1972, Robert Mandel was the Epic Records Promotion Manager in Washington, DC. He received a test pressing of an album by a new group named Looking Glass. He took the test pressing around to every radio station in the Washington/Baltimore region. At the time, WPGC AM was one of the leading Top 40 […]

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