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John Cafferty Eddie and the Cruisers RIAA Gold & Platinum award

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John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band Eddie and the Cruisers RIAA combo Gold and Platinum award. This album was released in 1983 was certified Platinum by the RIAA on Oct. 5, 1984 for 1 million copies sold. Unusual dual Gold/Platinum award, a rarity during the 1982-85 RIAA "strip plate award" time period.

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. See image above for all the RIAA sales certifications of this album*. 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA dual Gold and Platinum album award
  • First presentation award from 1984
  • Presented to record label executive
  • In VG condition
  • All original but has been rebacked
  • Award measures approx. 29" x 19"
  • Known as a "strip plate" award, which were produced 1981-85
  • 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 an unusual dual Gold and Platinum RIAA award with one disc of each type. It was manufactured in 1984 making it 38 years old. It is presented to Glen Brunman, formerly Bruce Springsteen's publicist, who later became a record executive who worked at Epic and other labels and who has been very involved in film soundtracks.

The award is in VG condition with all original components. It has some typical mars and scratches on the frame. The backing paper looks to be original but no manufacturer sticker is present. This is most likely a "grey area floater" award made in the 80s by an unknown manufacturer, possibly a former staffer from Fitzgerald Hartley. For more information on awards such as this, see the section on "floater awards" in our record award guide article here

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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.

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