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Bad Company Straight Shooter RIAA Gold LP Award

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RIAA Gold LP award for Bad Company album Straight Shooter. Released on April 2, 1975 on the Swan Song label, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 5, 1975 for 500,000 copies sold.

The album, the group's second, featured the singles "Feel Like Makin' Love" which went to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and "Good Lovin' Gone Bad", which went to #36 on the same chart. The album rose to #3 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums and UK Albums charts and later certified 3x Multi-Platinum on Sept. 30, 1991. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years. (Note the error that lists the release two years late in 1977). 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold LP award 
  • First presentation award from 1975
  • Presented to record executive
  • In VG condition
  • All original, award has been rebacked
  • 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 approx. 17" x 21"
  • Great collectors item for any Bad Company fan
  • 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 1975. This makes this one of the earliest floaters made, with award being about 48 years old. The award is presented to John David Kalodner, who had just evolved from being a writer and photographer for Atlantic Records (who distributed Swan Song) to becoming a well-known A&R executive in the Rock world.

This award is in VG condition, with some wear on the frame and plexiglass, and some minor fading of the matte. While the award has been rebacked, all other components appear original and unaltered. 

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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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