RIAA Gold album award for Earth, Wind & Fire's album I Am. Released in June 1979, the album was quickly certified Gold by the RIAA on June 7, 1979 for 500,000 copies sold.
This album features some classic EW&F hits including ""After the Love Has Gone", which was nominated for a Grammy award for Record Of The Year and won for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, and "Boogie Wonderland" which also featured The Emotions. The album hit #1 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums and #3 on the Top 200 Albums charts. By 1984 the album was certified 2x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA "floater" Gold LP award
- VG condition with original manufacturer sticker
- First presentation award from 1979
- Presentation to artist manager
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- 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
- Great collectors item for any Earth, Wind & Fire fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold album award from 1979. That makes this award approx. 42 years old. It is presented to Zach Glickman (d. 2015), who managed Earth Wind & Fire guitarist Al McKay (who co-wrote and played on the album), along with Frank Zappa, Dion, and others through a 50+ year career in the music industry. The award is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Glickman's son Benny who took possession of his late father's awards after he passed away and who also worked extensively in the music industry (see image of letter).
It is VG condition with only typical frame wear. Its' backing paper is original and complete with Creative Glassics manufacturer sticker.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com