RIAA Platinum album award for Eric Clapton album Backless. Released in November 1978, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA quickly by Nov. 14, 1978 for one million copies sold.
Singles from the album, the sixth from "Eric Clapton And His Band", included "Promises", "Watch Out for Lucy", and "Tulsa Time". The album reached #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #18 in the UK and did well in numerous other music markets. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Platinum album award
- First presentation award from 1978
- Presented to co-founder of RSO Records
- In VG condition
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Known as a "floater" award because the components appear to "float" above the matte, they were made from 1975-1981. RIAA "floater" awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum album award from 1978. That makes this award approx. 44 years old. It is presented to the late Al Coury, a record executive who co-founded the Bee Gees RSO label with Robert Stigwood and who also helped develop the careers of Clapton, the Beatles, Nat King Cole, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Glen Campbell, Bob Seger, Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, Don Henley, Cher and Linda Ronstadt. (Below: Coury with John Lennon)
The award is in VG condition with only typical frame wear and mars on the plexiglass. It has a New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer sticker on its backing paper.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com