BPI (British Phonographic Industry) Gold LP award for Elton John's Greatest Hits album presented to producer Gus Dudgeon. The album was released in November 1974 and was immediately certified Gold in the U.K. by BPI on Nov. 1, 1974 for £250,000 worth sold. The measure for BPI gold certification in the 70s was the monetary value of records sold, much like the RIAA "white matte" awards of the 60s and early 70s.
Containing a plethora of classic Elton John tracks, the album went to #1 on the UK Album chart, the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and also in Canada, Australia and other territories. It was the biggest selling album in the U.S. in 1975 and was Elton's first RIAA Diamond seller (10 million sold) as well. See image for BPI certification information.*
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- BPI Gold LP award with all proper components for the era: Gold metal frame, gold disc, album cover miniature, British flag and gold presentation plate with official BPI logo
- In VG condition
- First presentation award from 1975
- Presentation to producer of most early Elton John albums Gus Dugeon
- Completely original award
- Award measures 16" x 20"
- Beautiful and rare collector's item for any Elton John fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation BPI Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1975 making it approximately 46 years old. It is presented to Gus Dudgeon, producer of Elton John's "Your Song" and seven #1 albums including Madman Across the Water, Honky Château, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. Dudgeon also produced David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and worked with other major artists as well. Sadly, Dudgeon and his wife were killed in 2002 in a U.K. car accident.
The award is all original and in VG to Excellent condition, with only a very few minor scratches on the frame and slight mottling of the red felt matte in parts. Don't miss this terrific piece of Elton John history, with an excellent presentation.
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*BPI sales data source: bpi.co.uk