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War "Why Can't We Be Friends?" RIAA Gold Single Award

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RIAA Gold Single award for War hit "Why Can't We Be Friends?". Released in April 1975, it was certified Gold by the RIAA on Aug. 19, 1975 for one million copies sold. 

The track, which appeared on War's album of the same name, hit #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also in Canada. It also charted in Australia. The song features each band member singing their own verse. It was ranked the #23 song of the year by Billboard in 1975. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this track*. 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold Single award
  • VG condition 
  • First presentation award from 1975
  • Presentation to producer
  • Original backing paper with manufacturer sticker
  • Award measures approx. 13" x 17"
  • Known as a "floater" award because the components appear to "float" above the matte, they were made from 1975-1981. RIAA "floater" awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
  • Great collectors item for any War fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold Single award from 1975, making it approx. 48 years old. It is presented to producer and songwriter Terry Barnes.

It is VG condition with typical frame wear and minor mars on the plexiglass. The award and its' backing paper are all original but the backing paper was cut on three sides at some point, likely for a repair of a fallen plate or similar. Its' manufacturer sticker from Creative Glassics is still attached.

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards: Please do not buy this item if you want a brand new piece of memorabilia. These are historical artifacts from the year they were produced. As a result they may show signs of wear. Frankly, if you see a 20 to 50-year-old award purported to be in 100% perfect condition, it might be too good to be true. After all, an antique should have "good' wear. If not, you might want to question the piece.

As to where they came from, they could have been displayed in record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, private collector's homes and yes, of course, possibly the artist's or songwriter's home. Typically, we don't know all the places they may have been over the years other than what we've stated in the description.

Finally, a word on photos: Our photos are zoomable so you can get a very good look. Do let us know if you want photos of any other details on our pieces and we'll be happy to provide. 

*RIAA sales data source:

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