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Herbie Hancock Head Hunters RIAA Gold LP Award - RARE

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RIAA Gold white matte award for Herbie Hancock album Head Hunters. This album was released on Nov. 1, 1973 and certified Gold by the RIAA on April 23, 1974 for one million dollars worth sold.

The twelfth studio effort from Hancock became a commercial breakthrough for the artist. It crossed over to funk and rock audiences and brought jazz-funk fusion to the mainstream. So much so that it reached #13 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Saxophonist Bennie Maupin, bassist Paul Jackson, percussionist Bill Summers, and drummer Harvey Mason all appear on the record. By 1986 the release was certified Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for the RIAA sales certification history of this album*.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold LP award with white matte, gold disc, album miniature, and gold info plate
  • In VG condition 
  • First presentation award from 1974
  • Presentation to record promotions executive
  • Original back with manufacturer sticker
  • "White matte" awards (obviously so-named due to the white matte used) were made from from 1964-1974
  • RIAA white matte awards numbered only 5-25 plaques worldwide for any given single/album 
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Beautiful and rare collector's item for any Herbie Hancock fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold LP award was made in 1974 making it 48 years old. It is presented to Sherry Santifer, who became the first female, African American promotions manager for CBS Records - New York and New Jersey. She also worked with Earth, Wind & Fire, Carole King, The Isley Brothers, Redbone, Minnie Ripperton, The O'Jays and many others.

The award is in Very Good condition considering its age. There is some standard frame wear but the internals are in excellent condition. It has a cuts on all sides of the backing paper (taped to help prevent dust intrusion) but the matching seams show it to be original with New York Frame & Picture Co. sticker intact. 

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards like this one: Please do not buy this item if you want a brand new piece of memorabilia. These are historical artifacts from the year they were produced. As a result they may show signs of wear. Frankly, if you see a 50-year-old award purported to be in 100% perfect condition, it might be too good to be true. After all, an antique should have "good' wear. If not, you might want to question the piece.

As to where they came from, they could have been displayed in record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, private collector's homes and yes, of course, possibly the artist's or songwriter's home. Typically, we don't know all the places they may have been over the years other than what we've stated in the description.

Finally, a word on photos: Our photos are zoomable so you can get a very good look. Do let us know if you want photos of any other details on our pieces and we'll be happy to provide.

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