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Queen "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" RIAA Gold 45 Single Award presented to Freddie Mercury - RARE

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RIAA Gold 45 award for Queen classic "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" presented to Freddie Mercury, which was released on Oct. 5, 1979. The 45 rpm single was certified Gold® by the RIAA on May 12, 1980 for 500,000 copies sold. 

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The track became the group's first #1 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also went to #1 in Australia, Canada and numerous other world music markets, and #2 in the U.K. Reportedly, Mercury wrote the song as a tribute to Elvis, explaining its rockabilly style. Eventually, the single would be certified Platinum by the RIAA.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold 45 award with all proper components for the era: Gold frame, gold disc and gold info plate
  • In VG condition with typical wear on the frame
  • First presentation award from 1980-81
  • Rare presentation to Freddie Mercury
  • All components appear original 
  • 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"
  • Rare and fantastic collector's item for any Queen or Freddie Mercury fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1980 or 81. That makes this award approximately 40 years old. The award is presented to Freddie Mercury, a very rare artist presentation for a Queen award.

All internal components appear original but the award has no manufacturer sticker on its backing paper, although it may have fallen off since the paper appears aged and hanger is rusty. The award is in VG condition with only some typical wear on the frame.  

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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