RIAA Gold album award for Earth, Wind & Fire's album Touch The World, which was released on Oct. 20, 1987. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on Jan. 18, 1988 for 500,000 copies sold.
Produced by the late Maurice White of the group, the album peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart and #33 on the Top Pop Albums chart. Both "System Of Survival" and "Thinking Of You" went to #1 on the Billboard Dance Singles chart and also did well in Europe. The album was nominated for a Soul Train Award for Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year in 1988 as well.
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- RIAA "flower hologram" Gold album award with LP and cassette
- In VG condition
- First presentation award from 1988
- Presentation to mother of then Earth, Wind & Fire member Sheldon Reynolds
- All original components unaltered
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1988 when this style of RIAA award was made ("flower RIAA hologram"). That makes this award approx. 32 years old. It is presented to the mother of Earth, Wind & Fire guitarist at the time, Sheldon Reynolds. Reynolds was previously a member of The Commodores and Sun.
It appears to be in original condition, i.e. unaltered components including what appears to be an original back complete with Fitzgerald Hartley manufacturer sticker. This award is in VG condition, with only a very, very tiny chip out of one back corner of the frame and minor mars on the plexiglas.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com.