RIAA Gold Album award for Aretha Franklin album The Very Best Of Aretha Franklin, Vol. I (The 60'S). A compilation of her 60s hits, the album was released on Mar. 22, 1994 and certified Gold for 500,000 copies sold on May 12, 1998.
The album contains 13 of Aretha's first 14 singles recorded for Atlantic Records during the 1960s. This of course included classics such as "Respect", "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)", "Chain of Fools", "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" and many more hits. The album sold well in the U.S. and other markets in Europe and Japan. By 2001 the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA for one million sold. See image above for all the RIAA certifications of this release.*
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- RIAA Gold Album award
- In VG to Excellent condition
- First presentation award from 1998
- Presentation to radio station
- All original with manufacturer sticker
- Award measures approx. 13" x 17"
- Known as a RIAA "serial number hologram" award, they were made from 1998 to present
- Great collectors item for Aretha Franklin fan
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- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold Album award that would have been manufactured in 1998 making it 24 years old. The award is presented to radio station KBZT.
This award is all original with Fitzgerald Hartley manufacturer's sticker. The award is in VG to Excellent condition with only minor wear on the frame and a few minor mars on the plexiglass,
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com