Warner Bros. Records label award for one million in sales of Neil Young's album Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere. Released in May 1969, the album spawned legendary Neil Young tracks including the title track, "Cinnamon Girl", "Down by the River" and "Cowgirl in the Sand". It is said that Young wrote all four in one day while experiencing a 103 degree fever. The album peaked at #34 in the U.S. and is listed on Rolling Stone magazines 500 Best Albums of All Time list. It was also in fact eventually certified Platinum by the RIAA (Note: This is not a RIAA award).
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- Warner Bros. Records "platinum" award celebrating one million copies sold with "platinum" disc and silver brushed metal frame,
- In VG condition considering age with only frame tarnish and wear
- Estimated to be from 1970-80
- Presentation to Neil Young's manager
- Award measures approx. 18" x 18.5"
- Beautiful and rare early Neil Young collector's item
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation label "platinum" award. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA for 500,000 copies sold on Oct. 16, 1970 that year. It was not actually certified Platinum for one million sold until 1986, but it is likely that it reached that level considerably earlier than that. The reason is most likely that the label did not provide the documentation to the RIAA until 1986 (see image for RIAA data). Note that this is not a RIAA award but this information helps us date this award and accordingly it was likely made sometime between 1970-1985.
The award reads: "Presented to Elliot Roberts by Warner Bros. Records to commemorate the sale of more than one million copies of the Neil young album EVERYONE KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE" Roberts, long time manager of Neil Young, also managed at various times Tom Petty, Tracy Chapman, Bob Dylan and The Cars. In addition, in 1971 he co-founded Asylum Records with David Geffen.
The award is a solid and quite heavy vintage award in VG condition. The internals are in Excellent condition including the bright and shiny "platinum" disc, label and plexiglass. The brushed metal frame has some fairly significant tarnishing and minor scratches, and the plexiglass has some light mars and minor scratches but frankly this is a good indicator that this award is indeed from 1970-80.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com