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Bruce Hornsby and the Range The Way It Is RIAA 3x Multi-Platinum LP Award

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RIAA 3x Multi-Platinum LP award for Bruce Hornsby and the Range debut album The Way It Is album, which was released on April 28, 1986 and by March 13, 1991 was certified 3x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. 

The success of this, the group's debut, was driven by heavy airplay of the album's #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit title track, followed by later singles "Mandolin Rain" and "Every Little Kiss". The album rose as high as #3 in the U.S. and #16 in the U.K. The album also landed Hornsby and his group to a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1987. See image above for RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*. 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA 3x Multi-Platinum LP award with all proper components for the era: Platinum record, cassette and CD.
  • In VG to Excellent condition with a few very minor scratches on frame and mars on plexiglas
  • First presentation award from 1991
  • Presented to record executive/former Zombies guitarist
  • Unopened back with original manufacturer's sticker
  • Known as a "R hologram" award, they were made from 1990-1997
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 25"
  • Great collectors item for any Bruce Hornsby fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA 3x Multi-Platinum award that would have been manufactured shortly after the certification date in 1991, making it approximately 30 years old. The award is presented to A&R executive and original Zombies guitarist Paul Atkinson (1946-2004). Atkinson was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 as a member of the Zombies and in addition to Hornsby also worked with Elton John, ABBA, Mr. Mister, Judas Priest and others. 

The award is in VG to Excellent condition with only a few minor mars on the frame and plexiglass. It has the correct original manufacturer sticker attached on it's backing paper from Fitzgerald Hartley. The backing paper has been taped on three sides.

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards like this one: Please do not buy this item if you want a brand new piece of memorabilia. These are historical artifacts from the year they were produced. As a result they may show signs of wear. Frankly, if you see a 20 to 50-year-old award purported to be in 100% perfect condition, it might be too good to be true. After all, an antique should have "good' wear. If not, you might want to question the piece.

As to where they came from, they could have been displayed in record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, private collector's homes and yes, of course, possibly the artist's or songwriter's home. Typically, we don't know all the places they may have been over the years other than what we've stated in the description.

Finally, a word on photos: Do let us know if you want photos of any other details on our pieces and we'll be happy to provide.

*RIAA sales data source: