RIAA Gold LP award for Elton John album Jump Up! presented to lifelong co-songwriter Bernie Taupin. Released on April 9, 1982, it was certified Gold by the RIAA for 500,000 copies sold on Nov. 2, 1982.
The album features the song written in tribute to John Lennon, "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)", along with "Blue Eyes" one of Elton's hits sung in a deeper voice which went to #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The album reached #17 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #13 in the U.K. and charted all over the world in other markets as well. See image above for the RIAA sales certification info on this album*.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with all proper components for the RIAA "strip plate" era with gold disc and gold strip info plate
- In VG condition
- First presentation award from 1982
- Presented to lifelong Elton John co-songwriter Bernie Taupin
- Award has been rebacked
- Known as a RIAA "strip plate" award, which were produced 1981-85
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Great collectors item for any Elton John or Bernie Taupin fan
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- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1982. That makes it approx. 40 years old. It is a RIAA "strip plate" award presented to lifelong Elton John co-songwriter Bernie Taupin. It was originally acquired in a 2019 auction sale by Taupin of many of his personal awards from his lengthy career of successes working with Elton John and others.
This award is in VG condition for an over 40-year-old piece with some wear on the frame and minor mars on the plexiglass. The award has been rebacked.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com