RIAA Gold Single award for R.E.O. Speedwagon's "Keep On Lovin' You" presented to founding member and keyboardist Neal Doughty. The track was released on Nov. 4, 1980 and certified Gold by the RIAA on March 16, 1981 for 500,000 copies sold.
From the album Hi Infidelity, the tune became the group's first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1980. It also went to #2 in Canada and charted well in numerous other music markets worldwide. Recipient of this award Doughty formed R.E.O. Speedwagon with drummer Alan Gratzer and eventually finalized the line up during their most successful period with vocalist Kevin Cronin, the late guitarist Gary Richrath and bass player Bruce Hall. By April 1989, "Keep On Lovin You" had been certified Platinum by the RIAA.
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- RIAA Gold Single award with all proper components for the era: Gold colored frame, gold disc and gold presentation plate
- In VG condition with a few minor scratches on frame
- First presentation award from 1981
- Presented to founding group member/keyboardist Neal Doughty
- Has original back although manufacturer sticker has fallen off (sticker residue is present)
- 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"
- Fantastic collector's item for any REO Speedwagon fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1981 making the award 39 years old. It is presented to founding REO member and keyboardist Neal Doughty.
The award is in VG condition with all original components including original backing paper. An obvious area of manufacturer sticker on its back shows it to be a Creative Glassics made award. This award has some typical minor scratches on the frame.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com