RIAA Gold LP award for Bad Company's Straight Shooter album, which was 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 and UK Albums chart 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 RIAA.com error that lists the release two years late in 1977).
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- RIAA Gold LP award with all proper components for the era: Gold frame, gold disc and gold presentation plate
- In Good (not VG) condition with some scratches on frame, quite a bit of frame gold paint degradation and some fading of the matte
- First presentation award from sometime in 1975
- Presentation: To Shelley Kaye (then U.S. Office Manager for the Swan Song label, Led Zeppelin and Bad Company)
- Appears to have changed backing paper but internal components appear unaltered, making this a second state award
- Gold disc is side 1 of the record and track list leads off with "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" and "Feel Like Makin' Love"
- 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 17.5" x 21.5"
- Beautiful collectors item
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured sometime in 1975, since this "floater" style award was produced from 1975-81. This makes this one of the earliest floaters made and the award 44 years old.
The award is presented to Shelley Kaye. At that time she was the U.S. Office Manager for the Swan Song label and Led Zeppelin.
This award is in good (not VG) condition, with some scratches on the frame and a fair bit of frame paint degradation (see photos). It has also has some matte fading but the gold disc, album miniature and presentation plate are in good to VG condition. Its' backing paper has been changed but all visible internal components appear original and unaltered. The price has been set to take into account the frame condition, but this is still a great looking award.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com