RIAA Gold 45 award for "Frankenstein" the instrumental hit from The Edgar Winter Group. The track was released in February 21, 1973 and certified Gold by the RIAA on June 19, 1973 for 500,000 copies sold.
Written by Edgar Winter and produced by group mate Rick Derringer, the track with its innovative-for-the-time cascading ARP 2600 synthesizer effects also featured guitar work by a young Ronnie Montrose. It hit #1 in the U.S. and Canada. It also charted well in other world markets such as the U.K., Germany and Mexico.
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- RIAA Gold 45 award with white matte, gold disc and gold info plate
- In VG to Excellent condition with only some minor scratches on the frame
- First presentation award from 1973
- Presented to the Kal Rudman, a radio industry executive
- Has original unopened back with original New York Picture & Framing Co. manufacturer sticker
- "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 13" x 17"
- Beautiful and rare collector's item
- FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold white matte 45 single award is presented to radio industry veteran Kal Rudman. It was made in 1973 making it 47 years old.
The award is in VG to Excellent condition considering its age and it includes its original backing paper and New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer sticker. There are a few minor scratches on the frame along with a few very minor backing paper tears as is common in awards of this age.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com