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Classics IV "Stormy" White Matte RIAA Gold 45 Award - RARE

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RIAA Gold 45 "white matte" award for Classics IV single "Stormy". The single was released in September 1968 and certified Gold by the RIAA on Feb. 27, 1969 for one million copies sold.

A single from the group's Mamas and Papas/Soul Train album, the track reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It charted in Canada and South Africa as well, with Santana later covering the tune in 1978. See image above for the RIAA sales certification of this single*. 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold 45 award with white matte, gold disc, and gold info plate
  • In VG condition with some typical scratches and mars on the frame
  • Made in 1969
  • Presented to radio station
  • Has been rebacked 
  • "White matte" awards (obviously so-named due to the white matte used) were made from from 1964-1974
  • RIAA white matte awards numbered only 5-25 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
  • Award measures approx. 13" x 17"
  • Beautiful and very rare collector's item for any Classics IV or 60s classics fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold LP award was made in 1969 making it about 53 years old. It is made with the distinctive Disc Award Ltd. gold disc with engraved "dragon" logo (see image), seen on white matte awards from certain record labels. It is presented to Radio Station WBBQ.

This award is in Very Good condition, considering its age. There is some wear on the wood frame as is typical. The award has been rebacked but otherwise is all original. 

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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 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: Our photos are zoomable so you can get a very good look. 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: