RIAA Gold LP award for Elton John's Greatest Hits Vol. II album. This album was released on Sept. 23, 1977. It was quickly certified Gold by the RIAA for 500,000 copies sold on Sept. 30, 1977.
Loaded with Elton classics including "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word", "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Island Girl", John's version of the Beatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and more, the album sold very well. By 1998 it was certified 5x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Gold LP award
- In VG condition
- First presentation award made in 1977
- Presented to MCA Records
- Original backing paper with manufacturer label
- Known as a RIAA "floater" award, they were made from 1975-81
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Great collectors item for any Elton John fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1977. That makes this award approx. 45 years old. It is presented to MCA Records.
The award is in VG condition with only minor frame wear and mars on the plexiglass. The award has its original backing paper with manufacturer sticker from Creative Glassics.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com