RIAA Gold 45 award for Blondie's hit "Heart Of Glass", which was released in January 1979. The 45 rpm single was certified Gold by the RIAA on April 6, 1979 for 500,000 copies sold.
From the band's third studio album Parallel Lines, released in 1978, "Heart Of Glass", became the group's first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also reached the top spot on the UK and several other world charts. Rolling Stone in 2003 ranked the track as #255 on its list of the greatest songs of all time.
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- RIAA Gold 45 award with all proper components for the era: Gold frame, gold disc and gold info plate
- In VG to Excellent condition with minor wear on the frame
- First presentation award from sometime in the 1979 time frame
- Presented to music promotion media figure
- Has original backing paper with original manufacturer sticker
- 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 13" x 17"
- Great collectors item for any Blondie fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured sometime around 1979 since this "floater" style award was produced from 1975-81 and the recording was certified Gold in 1979. That makes this award approximately 41 years old. The award is presented to Kal Rudman, who ran a radio and music promotion trade publication.
This award is in VG to Excellent condition. It has its original backing paper with Creative Glassics sticker. It has some typical wear on the frame but otherwise is in VG to Excellent shape.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com