RIAA Platinum 45 award for Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart", which was released on June 12, 1983 in the U.S. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA on Oct, 3, 1983 and Platinum on Sept. 18, 2001. This is likely a case in which then-official award maker Creative Glassics made the Platinum level award before the track was actually certified Platinum. It's also possible, given the clear success of this single, that there is a date error on the RIAA website.
The track appeared on Tyler's fifth studio album entitled Faster Than the Speed of Night. Written by Jim Steinman, it went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the UK Top Singles and many other music charts around the world. Tyler was also nominated for the Grammy award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the track. See image above for RIAA sales certifications of this single*.
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- RIAA Platinum 45 award with all proper components for the era: Silver frame, platinum disc and silver info plate
- First presentation award from 1983
- Presented to radio industry executive
- In VG condition with original back and manufacturer's sticker
- Known as a "strip plate" RIAA award, they were made from 1982-1985
- RIAA "strip plate" awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
- Award measures 13" x 17"
- Beautiful and rare collector's item for any Bonnie Tyler fan
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- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum single award that would have been manufactured in 1983 which makes this award approximately 38 years old. It is a first presentation award that is presented to a radio industry executive whose name has been obscured in the photos for privacy. 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 with backing paper that appears unopened complete with Creative Glassics manufacturer's sticker. All internal components also appear original and unaltered. This 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