RIAA Gold 45 "white matte" award for Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love". The track was released on Nov. 7, 1969 and certified Gold by the RIAA on April 13, 1970 for one million copies sold.
The lead off track on the band's second album, Led Zeppelin II, the track became one the biggest hits of Zeppelin's career. It charted in the top 5 in most major music markets worldwide, is in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, among many other top lists. See image above for the RIAA sales certification info on this single*.
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- RIAA Gold 45 award with white matte, gold disc, and gold info plate
- Made in 1970
- Presented to Atlantic Records
- In VG condition with some typical frame wear
- Has unopened original back with New York Frame & Picture Co. 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. 13" x 17"
- Fantastic and very rare collector's item
- FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold single award was made in 1970. The award is presented to Atlantic Records. The award is 52 years old and yet is in VG condition. One can see the "1,000,000" engraved in the dead wax area of this record, signifying the number of copies sold, which is seen sometimes on early awards with metal mother discs like this one. There are a few mars on the wood frame as is expected. The award has its' original backing paper with New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer sticker.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to get a highly coveted Led Zeppelin RIAA white matte award for a classic track.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com