RIAA Platinum 45 award for Bonnie Tyler single "Total Eclipse Of The Heart". 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. This is the second time we've had an award at the Platinum level in our inventory presented to a bonafide radio industry executive.
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
- First presentation award from 1983
- Presented to radio industry executive
- In VG condition with original back and manufacturer's sticker (see details below)
- 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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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum single award that would have been manufactured in 1983 which makes this award approximately 40 years old. It is a first presentation award that is presented to the late Ed Lambert of KWOD radio Sacramento. Ed was a veteran radio programmer who worked at KHKS Dallas, WZEE (Z104) Madison, WI, KWOD Sacramento, and on-air at KDWB Minneapolis. This is a Platinum single award issued when the RIAA standard for Platinum singles was two million sold, not one million as it evolved to later.
This award is in VG condition, with only a some typical scratches and mars on the frame. The backing paper includes a note to Ed from "Burt" who thanks Ed for his help in making "this record happen". All internal components also appear original and unaltered and although the backing paper appears original with a Creative Glassics manufacturer sticker, the frame is not a correct style Creative Glassics floater frame indicating that the award may have been reframed. This is not clear though given the existence of an orignial note to the recipient.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com