White Matte (RIAA Award Format From 1964 -1975)

David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust – The Thin White Duke – An Artist For All Ages – Gone To Soon

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As I listen to Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust, I mourn the loss of one of the greatest performers I ever saw/heard/loved. David Bowie. I was lucky enough to see him the first time on October 20, 1972 when he and his band came to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium as Ziggy Stardust And The […]

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Hey! Did You Happen To See The Most Beautiful Girl In The World?

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A classic love song, by a classic country artist, honored with a classic RIAA White Matte. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (YouTube) was released by Charlie Rich in September 1973, certified RIAA gold on 12/10/73, and reached #1 on the Billboard Pop Charts. This White Matte 45 is a  Certified, Authentic, First Presentation, […]

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“Best Of Cream” – An Authentic, First Presentation, First-State RIAA White Matte LP

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In the late 1960’s Cream, was a hugely successful, maybe the first, super-group. They foreshadowed and influenced the emergence of British bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath. The Best Of Cream was released in September of 1969 as the band’s last of five RIAA Gold certified, chart topping albums; Fresh Cream (#39), Disraeli Gears (#4), […]

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An Urban Anthem From Curtis Mayfield – “Freddie’s Dead” – 1972 #4 Single – RIAA 45 White Matte Award

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Freddie’s Dead is a smooth-funk masterpiece (listen here) by Curtis Mayfield and the first single from his 1972 soundtrack album for the film Super Fly. Certified RIAA Gold on 10/31/72, it peaked at #4 on the Billboard Pop Charts and #2 on the R&B charts.  Here it’s honored with an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State RIAA White Matte (the RIAA format from […]

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Rooted In BS & CSNY – Steven Stills – “Manassas” 1972 #4 Album – RIAA White Matte Award

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Steven Stills, was a founding member of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and one of the most important influences in rock music from 1966 to the mid 1970’s. His solo career continued the success with Manassas, released in April of 1972, Certified RIAA Gold on 5/30/72, and reaching a peak Billboard chart position of #4. […]

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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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Isaac Hayes – Chef On South Park – And A Renowned Singer-Songwriter, Actor, Producer, And Humanitarian

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Issac Hayes  was one of the creative forces behind the music label Stax Records, where during the mid-60s he served both as an in-house songwriter, session musician, and record producer. Along with his writing partner David Porter, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of writing many gold records, including the hit […]

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Black Sabbath “Vol. 4” – An Observation Of Rarity

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White Matte’s (the RIAA format from 1964-1975) are rare. Few were made, especially compared to the greater quantities of later formats. If they have gotten out (original owners have parted with them) they rarely trade in public. Some awards are never seen, or if they are, all to often they go with the collector story […]

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Souther(J.D.) – Hillman(Chris) – Furay(Richie) – 1974 Gold LP – RIAA White Matte – Record Award

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Souther – Hillman – Furay (SHF), was a country rock supergroup led by singer-songwriters Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco), Chris Hillman (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas), and J.D. Souther (Longbranch Pennywhistle, and noted songwriter for Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles). Their first album (of two) was released in July 1974, certified RIAA Gold on […]

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Bod Dylan Wouldn’t Be Bob Dylan — Without Albert Grossman (The Stories Two White Mattes Tell Of Presentation Plates)

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The Beatles wouldn’t be The Beatles without Brian Epstein. The Eagles wouldn’t be The Eagles without Irving Azoff.  Alice Cooper wouldn’t be Alice Cooper with out Shep Gordon. Names on presentation plates tell tales of the music business, and the people involved in its successes. Artists, along with the individuals who provide support in shaping and exposing […]

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Bill Withers – Immense Talent. Incredible Songs. Retired From The Business. His Legacy Lives On!

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Still Bill is the second studio album by Bill Withers, which contained two of his most memorable songs. Lean on Me, which went to # 1 on the Billboard Pop and R&B charts in summer of 1972; and Use Me, which went to #2 on the same charts in fall of 1972. Released  in May of 1972, the […]

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R B Greaves – His 1969 Smash Hit Was About Infidelity … And Moving On!

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Shooting stars, flashes of light … and one hit wonders, hold a special place in music and the history of gold records. This hit by R B Greaves was one of them. Here you see it celebrated with an Authentic, First Presentation, Second-State, RIAA 45 White Matte. Take A Letter Maria was released in September 1969 […]

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O’Jays — MFSB — Billy Paul — Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes — RIAA White Matte Singles – Record Awards

From time to time there are labels that showcase the music that defines a city. For example, Sub Pop in Seattle, Stax in Memphis, Motown in Detroit, T.K. Records in Maimi, and Chess Records in Chicago. Philadelphia International Records (PIR) was a label based in Philadelphia that was famous for showcasing what became known as the Philly […]

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