RIAA Gold LP award for Joe Walsh's third solo album So What, which was released on December 14, 1974. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on January 14, 1975 for 500,000 copies sold.
This Walsh classic featured hit "Welcome To The Club" and a remake of "Turn To Stone", a well-loved track from Walsh's prior group Barnstorm. The album went to #11 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart. It was also interesting in that it featured some of Walsh's future Eagles bandmates, including Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Randy Meisner along with other notables including Dan Fogelberg, J.D. Souther and drummer Joe Vitale.
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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 1975
- Presented to concert promoter
- Original backing paper with manufacturer's sticker
- 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 Joe Walsh fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1975, since this "floater" style award was produced from 1975-81. This makes this an earlier floater award that is 45 years old.
The award is presented to Barry Fey, who was a long-time concert promoter in Colorado, booking many seminal acts including Joe Walsh at Red Rocks and other venues. This award is in VG condition, with some typical scratches and mars on the frame. Its' backing paper is original with New York Frame & Picture Co. sticker intact.
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