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Raydio and GQ Arista combo album award

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Raydio Rock On and GQ Disco Nights Arista Records "gold" combo album award. The albums were both released in 1979 they were in fact certified Gold by the RIAA on Aug. 13, 1979 and May 8, 1979, respectively, each for 500,000 copies sold. The GQ (listed as G.Q. in RIAA records) album would go Platinum for one million later that year. Note: This is not a RIAA award.

Raydio, the group created by Ray Parker, Jr., hit with the tracks "You Can't Change That" (a Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 chart hit) and "More Than One Way To Love A Woman".  With their album Disco Nights, GQ scored disco hits with "Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)" and "Boogie Oogie Oogie". 

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Item Highlights:

  • Arista Records label "gold" two album award
  • In Fair to Good condition
  • Award dates from 1979
  • Presented to record promotion executive
  • Letter of provenance included
  • Award measures approx. 21" x 17"
  • Great collector's item for any Raydio, Ray Parker, Jr. or GQ fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a two-album label award that would have been manufactured around 1979 making it about 45 years old. It is presented to Dana Morris, who was at the time promotion executive who worked with numerous record labels. A notarized letter of provenance from the recipient is included with this award (see image).

The award is in Fair to Good condition with all original components. The "gold" finish on the records is fairly degraded. This award has a glass front and has an "A&A Golden West Trophy and Award Co." manufacturer sticker on the award. 

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Notes on the condition of all vintage record 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.

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.

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