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Alan O'Day "Undercover Angel" RIAA Gold Single Award

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RIAA Gold 45 award for Alan O'Day hit "Undercover Angel", which was released in February 1977. The 45 rpm single was certified Gold by the RIAA on June 28, 1977 for one million copies sold.

Songwriter/artist Alan O'Day topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart with this track, making him a rare songwriter who has a #1 as an artist and also as a songwriter for another artist, having written "Angie Baby", a #1 hit for Helen Reddy. O'Day's track also charted in several other world markets, also scoring a #1 in Canada.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold 45 award 
  • In VG to Excellent condition
  • First presentation award from 1977
  • Presented to record executive
  • All original with manufacturer sticker
  • 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
  • Award measures 13" x 17"
  • Great collectors item for any fan of Alan O'Day
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1977, making it approximately 47 years old. The award is presented to record executive Margo Knesz, who was Manager of Promotion with Epic Records and other labels including Atlantic and RCA, later becoming GM at ATCO.

This award is in VG to Excellent condition with some typical wear on the frame and mars on the plexiglass. It has its original backing paper and New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer sticker.  

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards like this one: 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.

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