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Paul McCartney "Coming Up" RIAA Gold 45 Single Award

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RIAA Gold 45 award for 1980 Paul McCartney hit "Coming Up". The track, one of McCartney's first as a solo artist after the break up of Wings, was released on April 11, 1980. The 45 rpm single was certified Gold by the RIAA on July 21, 1980 for one million copies sold. 

From the McCartney II album, the original version of the track went to #3 in the UK but the live version of the song (with less vocal effects) was a bigger success in the U.S. and Canada. That version was certified Gold by the RIAA and which went to #1 on the Billboard chart. Apparently McCartney was unaware of Columbia's choice to promote the live version, with Paul Gambaccini writing in 1980 in Rolling Stone that a Columbia exec was heard to say that "Americans like the sound of Paul McCartney's real voice." McCartney has said that John Lennon thought "Coming Up" was "a good piece of work" and that it had a hand in prompting Lennon to return to recording again in 1980. 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold 45 award 
  • In Good to VG condition
  • First presentation award from 1980
  • Presented to Columbia Records New York Recording Studio
  • Has original backing paper with original manufacturer sticker
  • Known as a "floater" award because the components appear to "float" above the matte, they were made from 1975-1981. RIAA "floater" awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
  • Award measures 13" x 17"
  • Great collectors item for any Paul McCartney fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1980. That makes this award approximately 42 years old. It is presented to New York Recording Studios Columbia Records. 

This award is in Good to VG condition considering its' age, with minor fading of the label and some small spots on the inner side of the plexiglass. It also has some typical frame wear. It has its original backing paper with Creative Glassics sticker. 

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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.

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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com