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John Cafferty Eddie and the Cruisers Epic Records label award

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John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band Eddie and the Cruisers Epic Records label "platinum" award. This album was released in 1983 and while this is not a RIAA award, the album--the soundtrack to the film--was in fact certified Platinum by the RIAA on Oct. 5, 1984 for 1 million copies sold. 

After its' initial 1983 release, the studio re-released later and some months after the film was in theaters the main song "On the Dark Side," was #1 on Billboard's Mainstream, Rock, and Heatseeker charts and at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Tender Years" also did well, peaking at #31 on the Hot 100. By 1995 the album would be certified 3x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA for three million sold.

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Item Highlights:

  • Epic Records label "platinum" album award
  • In Good to VG condition with a mars on frame 
  • Award dates from 1984
  • Presented to radio industry executive 
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Great collector's item for any Eddie and the Cruisers or John Cafferty fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a label award that would have been manufactured in 1984 making it 37 years old. It is a first presentation award that is presented to a radio industry executive whose name has been obscured in the photos for privacy. A letter of provenance from this executive will be provided with purchase. Provenance letter can be seen in images with executive's name obscured for privacy. Item buyer will receive a non-obscured copy of the letter.

The award is in Good to VG condition with all original components. It has some typical mars and scratches on the frame and minor mottling of the record label but is generally in VG condition otherwise. This award is framed with real glass.

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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 20 to 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.

*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com