RIAA Gold LP "white matte" award for Elton John's Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player LP. The album was released in January 26, 1973 in the U.S. It was certified Gold® by the RIAA on February 12, 1973 for one million dollars worth sold.
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The album became Elton's second straight #1 on the Billboard album chart and it also went to #1 in the UK. It also yielded his first #1 hit in the U.S. with the classic "Crocodile Rock", while "Daniel" went to #2 and By 1995 it had been certified 3x Multi-Platinum -- see image above for RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with white matte, gold disc, album miniature, and gold info plate
- In VG condition with some typical scratches and mars on the frame (see more detail below)
- A first presentation award from 1973
- Presented to music promoter and artist manager Tony Richland
- Has been rebacked but all internal components appear correct.
- "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. 17" x 21"
- Beautiful and rare collector's item for any Elton John fan
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold LP award must have been made in 1973 given the album's certification date. All components appear correct to support this being an original, first presentation award. It features Elton John's new label by this point, MCA Records (after Uni Records merged with Decca and Kapp to create MCA), and has a gold disc made by Disc Award Ltd. with its distinctive dragon logo engraved in the dead wax area (see detail image).
The award is presented to Tony Richland, a music promoter and artist manager who worked with MCA promoting the "Rocketman" and other artists such as The Mamas and The Papas. Richland went on to manage artist Nilsson, who even named one of his songs "Mr. Richland’s Favorite Song".
The award features the correct style presentation plate reading "to commemorate more than one million dollars worth of the MCA Records long-playing record album..." etc. The wood frame appears to be the correct and original white matte-style frame.
This award is 46 years old but is in very good to excellent condition, considering its age. There are a few mars and scratches on the wood frame as is expected. The presentation plate is in very good condition and the plexiglas is clear with only a few very minor scratches. The award has been rebacked but the original internal components all appear correct.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a coveted RIAA white matte award for one of Sir Elton John's classic early releases.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com