In-house 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 award for Billy Joel's first #1 single "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me"
- Award features black frame, gold 45 and presentation plate with facsimile printed Billy Joel autograph
- Presented to radio station
- Estimated to have been made in 1980
- In VG condition with only minor mars on frame and plexiglass
- 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 41 years old. It is presented to radio station 96KX and owned by a radio industry executive. A letter of provenance from this executive will be provided with purchase. Provenance letter can be seen in images with executive's name obscured for privacy. Item buyer will receive a non-obscured copy of the letter.
The award is all original but has been rebacked with its' original Creative Glassics manufacturer's sticker reattached. (Creative Glassics also made RIAA awards during this time period). The award is in VG condition, with only a some typical scratches and mars on the frame.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com