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Loggins and Messina Sittin' In White Matte RIAA Gold Album Award - RARE

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RIAA Gold Album award for Loggins and Messina's first album Sittin' In. Released on Jan. 21, 1972, it was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 11, 1973 for 500,000 copies sold. It is presented to an original member of the Loggins and Messina band, sax player Jon Clarke, who played on the record.

What began as a Kenny Loggins solo album became a Loggins and Messina release after Loggins met Jim Messina, then an independent producer. While producing Loggins' work Messina wrote several songs, sang backing vocals and played guitar, leading to the duo's final billing. Radio hits from the effort included "House At Pooh Corner", "Danny's Song", "Nobody But You" and "Vahevala". The album reached #70 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. By 1991 the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA for one million copies sold. See image above for the RIAA sales certification info on this album*.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold album award with white matte, gold disc and gold info plate
  • In VG condition
  • First presentation award from 1973
  • Presented to the Loggins & Messina sax player Jon Clarke
  • Has original unopened back with original New York Picture & Framing 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 17" x 21"
  • Beautiful and rare collector's item for any Loggins and Messina fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold album award is presented to sax and woodwind player Jon Clarke, who played on Loggins and Messina albums. After the group's breakup, the late Clarke went on to record many soundtracks and do other session work.

The award was made in 1973 making it 49 years old. The award is in VG condition considering its age with original backing paper and New York Picture & Frame Co. manufacturer's sticker. There is typical frame wear and some tears to the backing paper which have been taped to help prevent dust intrusion. 

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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 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:

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