RIAA Gold LP "white matte" award for Kenny Rogers & The First Edition Greatest Hits, presented to Kenny Rogers (1938-2020). The album was released on January 1, 1971 and was certified Gold by the RIAA on March 27, 1973 for one million dollars worth sold.
The album contained hits from Rogers and his group's early success including "Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town", "Something's Burning", and their wonderfully-titled first charting single "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)". The group consisted of Thelma Camacho, Kenny Rogers, Mike Settle, and Terry Williams. Rogers would of course go on to a mega-successful solo career starting in 1973 when the group broke up. What makes this award special is its presentation: To Rogers himself.
By 1997 the album had been certified Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for all the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with white matte, gold disc, album miniature, and gold info plate
- In VG condition with some typical scratches and mars on the frame (see more detail below)
- A first presentation award from 1973
- Presented to Kenny Rogers
- Has original back with original manufacturer's sticker and all internal components appear original (backing paper has been retaped)
- "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 very rare collector's item for any Kenny Rogers fan
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold LP award must have been made in 1973 given the album's certification date. All components appear correct to support this being an original, first presentation award.
The award has a spectacular feature in that it is presented to Kenny Rogers himself. The award has the correct style presentation plate reading "to commemorate more than one million dollars worth of the Reprise Records long-playing record album..." etc.
It is 47 years old but is in Very Good condition, considering its age. There are a few mars and scratches on the wood frame as is expected. The disc, album miniature and presentation plate are in very good condition. The original backing paper is intact although it has numerous tears (which have been repaired with clear tape) and the original and correct John St. address New York Frame & Picture Co. sticker is present.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com