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Elton John Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy RIAA Gold LP Award

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RIAA Gold LP award for Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy album. The smash album was released on May 19, 1975 and was  certified Gold a few days later by the RIAA on May 21, 1975 for 500,000 copies sold. 

The album was said to be an autobiographical account of the musical paths of Elton John (Captain Fantastic) and long-term lyricist Bernie Taupin (the Brown Dirt Cowboy). It went to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in its first week of release, becoming the first album to ever do so.

While "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"  became a Top 5 hit and is today one of Elton's most loved tracks, the album as a whole was also both critically lauded and a commercial success. By 1993 the album was certified 3x Multi-Platinum -- see image above for RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*. 

*Avoid paying auction fees/buyer's premiums by buying our RIAA awards here on our site before they go to auction. We take select RIAA awards to auctions a few times a year.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold LP award with gold frame, gold disc, gold info plate
  • In VG condition with a few very minor scratches on frame, slight matte and record label fading
  • First presentation award made in 1975
  • Presented to Marvin Ellis
  • Has original backing paper with manufacturer sticker
  • Known as a "floater" award because the components appear to "float" above the matte, they were made 1975-1981. Floater awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
  • Award measures 17.5" x 21.5"
  • Great collectors item for any Elton John fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold award is for Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy album. It is presented to Marvin Ellis. It is not known what role Ellis played in the creation or promotion of the record.

It appears to be a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1975 making it approx. 44 years old. It is in VG to excellent condition, with only a very few minor scratches on the frame and a few mars on the plexiglas. It has original backing paper with a New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer's sticker. 

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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: 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: RIAA.com