In-house/label award from Billy Joel to radio station for his first #1 single "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me". Released May 12, 1980 off Joel's Glass Houses album, the track did indeed top the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks in 1980. It also ended up being certified Platinum by the RIAA. (Note that this is not a RIAA award).
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- In-house/label/artist management award for Billy Joel's first #1 single "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me"
- Award features gold frame, gold 45 and presentation plate with facsimile printed Billy Joel autograph
- Presented to record label executive
- Estimated to have been made in 1980
- In VG condition
- All original but rebacked
- Award measures approx. 13" x 17"
- Great collector's item for any Billy Joel fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is an in-house gold 45 single award that was likely created by Joel's management that would have been manufactured in 1980 which makes it approximately 43 years old. It is presented to late promotions executive Marc Benesch, who worked at Interscope, Priority, Columbia and TVT Records and with many artists including 2Pac, Beastie Boys, Dr. Dre, Billy Joel, New Kids on the Block, Nine Inch Nails, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, and the Wallflowers.
The award is in VG condition, with minor mars on the frame and some matte fading. The award is all original but has been rebacked.
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