RIAA Gold LP award for Heart's debut album Dreamboat Annie. Released in September 1975 it brought success first in Canada for the then-Vancouver-based group and a short time later broke the group in the U.S. as well, being certified Gold by the RIAA on September 8, 1976.
Singles "Crazy On You", "Magic Man" and the title track all became hits. "Magic Man" became the group's first top 10 in the U.S., hitting #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went to #7 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #20 in Canada and #33 in the U.K. A couple of months after going Gold, by November 1976 the album had gone Platinum. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with all proper components for the era: Gold frame, gold disc and gold presentation plate
- In VG condition with some typical scratches and mars on frame
- First presentation award from 1976
- All original with manufacturer's sticker on backing paper
- 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
- Award measures 17.5" x 21.5"
- Beautiful collectors item for any Heart 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 1976, with this "floater" style award being produced from 1975-81. This makes this an earlier floater award that is 44 years old. The award is presented to Don Anti. It is not known what role Anti played in the creation or marketing of the record.
This award is in VG condition, with some typical scratches and mars on the frame and minor mars on the plexiglas. The award is all original with Creative Glassics manufacturer's sticker on backing paper.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com